Route 70 Wawa wants The Brick to revisit access to North Lake Shore Drive

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BRICK, NJ – Five years ago, in the spring of 2017, developers of the Wawa on Route 70 near Duquesne Boulevard went back to the drawing board to revise their plans after their application for the site was denied by the Brick Township Board of Adjustment. .

After some revisions, the amended application by Brick 70 Developers and Paramount Realty Group received zoning board approval in December 2017.

Among the revisions was the removal of a driveway that would have allowed access to the site from North Lake Shore Drive. This access had been one of the most contentious elements of the original application, with neighboring residents worrying about the level of traffic that would be directed to their street in Lake Riviera.

On Wednesday night, Brick 70 Developers are due back before the zoning board, asking the board to take another look at a proposed driveway at North Lake Shore Drive.

“To the extent that the Commission has previously reviewed and denied a previous application for access to North Lake Shore Drive, the applicant requests modification, reconsideration and approval based on changing circumstances and/or because the proposed access differs from any previously submitted access and/or proposal reviewed and/or judged,” the public notice of the request states.

The amended application would also split the Panera room from the Wawa room into two separate properties, according to the public notice.

According to the proposed site plan, the new entrance/exit on North Lake Shore Drive would be just beyond the North Lake Shore spur from Duquesne Boulevard.

The app says the driveway on North Lake Shore Drive would create “an additional, convenient access point to eliminate the need for customers to have to use Route 70 to travel south” – which is actually west, not south.

Currently, drivers wishing to access Route 70 West must either drive to the end of the Costco Mall Connected Parking Lots to access the traffic light at Shorrock Street and Route 70, or follow Route 70 East and make a U-turn. turn to one of the shopping centers or crossroads nearby.

A review by Bright View Engineering raised a number of traffic issues, particularly about the possibility of large trucks using the proposed driveway at North Lake Shore Drive and also about traffic backing up at the traffic lights in Duquesne and at route 70.

The meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Brick Township Municipal Building, 401 Chambers Bridge Road. The application and documentation are available online.

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