Thursday, 06 October 2016 19:01

Buckingham, PA Zoning Board Hears Wawa's Pitch to Move into Former Body Shop

Written by Christopher Ullery, The Intelligencer, Calkins Media

Bens Auto Body

The former Ben's Auto Body could be the site of a new Wawa convenience store and gas station near the intersection of North Easton Road and state Route 313 in Buckingham.
Photo Credit: Chris Ullery

 

A Wawa convenience store and 12-pump gas station might be coming to the site of the former Ben's Auto Body near Route 313 and North Easton Road.

The Buckingham Zoning Hearing Board heard the first half of testimony from witnesses from Provco Pineville Doylestown LP, which is requesting 24 zoning variances for the store to go into a 3.5 acre site.

 

The proposed project includes the construction of an interconnecting road between North and Old Easton roads, including a traffic signal at the new intersection at North Easton Road, which was the source of some controversy of three local business owners who raised safety concerns.

 

Lynn T. Bush, Chief Clerk of the Bucks County Planning Commission, testified that the proposed connecting road could relieve traffic congestion at Route 313 and North Easton Road, according to a county issued study of 11 intersections in that area done by Gilmore and Associates.

 

Bush added that the new connector might also render the traffic signal Route 313 and Old Easton Road obsolete, resulting in removal of the signal.

 

Timothy Bertman, Chad Block and Barry Siwert, all owners of businesses along Old Easton Road, and board members raised concerns about the possible traffic safety concerns of removing the light.

 

Bush said she was not a traffic engineer by trade and there were still studies required by PennDOT to address the possible changes at the old intersection.

 

The board still has about 14 more variances to hear testimony on before they make a decision on the applicant's request and scheduled the next hearing for the proposed Wawa for Nov. 21 at 7:30.

 

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