Wawa, Gas Station, Chick-Fil-A Approved For Route 35 in Eatontown

The Eatontown Planning Board unanimously voted to approve the site plan and all variances needed for the project.

By Christopher Sheldon

The Eatontown Planning Board unanimously approved a site plan and all the variances needed for Fidelity Eatontown, LLC to build a Wawa, gas station and Chick-Fil-A on the corner of Route 35 and Wyckoff Road, during its Monday night meeting. 

The site includes a Wawa and 8-dispenser gas station that would be open 24/7 and employ 40-50 employees.

It also includes a drive-thru Chick-Fil-A which would be open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday-Saturday and be closed on Sundays.

Several neighbors of the site emotionally asked the board to not allow the project to move forward. The owners of three nearby gas stations had also hired an attorney to represent them, but the attorney was unable to attend the meeting and the board chose not to wait for him until the next meeting.

Neighbors said that traffic in the area was already a problem and that the site would only cause more. 

Despite the board's approval, the question as to where the left turn out of the site will be located is still unanswered.

The plan called for either have a left turn onto Route 35 or a left turn onto Wycoff Road, but not both.

The county, which has jurisdiction over Wycoff Road, and the New Jersey Department of Transportation, which owns Route 35, are working together to see which turn would make more sense.  

The board unanimously agreed to write a letter to the county and state requesting that the left turn onto Wyckoff Road, only, should be allowed.

"There's just too much traffic on that high speed road (Route 35) to allow it," Eatontown Planning Board Chairman Carl Sohl said.

The applicant's attorney, Peter Falvo, agreed.

"Even if the state permits it, we're not going to allow it," Falvo said.

The variances allowed for the project included those for signs, landscaping and the fact that the gas station is within 200 feet of a residential structure and 2,000 feet of another gas station.

A third building is proposed for the rear of the property, but it does not have any tenants at this time. If the project is approved, and a tenant is found, Fidelity would have to come back to the board for approval at a later date, as it was only given preliminary site plan approval on Monday.
Keven Canning December 17, 2013 at 10:12 AM
I'm all for a Wawa, they're great but this location sucks. Worst traffic ever and now it's going to get worse. Chick-fil-a can bite me though. Why would you ever let a company that hates so much into your community?
Itchy Foot Moe December 17, 2013 at 10:59 AM
Perhaps you could give them some lessons in "tolerance" Mr Bite Me? And imagine that, the last 3 stations in town crying over the possibility of loosing their price gouging monopoly. What, you mean everyone doesn't know 2 starions have recently closed/dont sell gas and Hess is right behind them?
Keven Canning December 17, 2013 at 11:15 AM
Why should I show tolerance to a company that funds intolerance? I would never drive into that traffic nightmare to get gas. It would turn what shoud be a <10 min task into a 20 min task. Really a horrible location.
Dominick Palermo December 17, 2013 at 02:14 PM
We have another 24 hr gas station coming soon also --- Quic Check where the Sands Motel is today -----------
Dominick Palermo December 17, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Keven-----They are already " our " community --- Monmouth Mall ---
Keven Canning December 17, 2013 at 02:32 PM
Hmm, that hadn't occurred to me.
Brian Walter December 17, 2013 at 02:36 PM
Gee, no one had trouble turning left out of the LubitAll when it was there and it did plenty of business. My questions are Where did they get the 40-50 employees number from? Are they going to be jobs that pay a living wage? If not, thanks for nothing. Where will all of the water run off go? If Keven is right, how long will any of the businesses stay in business? What will be done when the place is vacant? Why was the decision unanimous? Sorry I missed the meeting. It looks like no more votes for incumbents. The Borough Council obviously does not represent all of the people in Eatontown. On the plus side, if the Wycoff road exit also has a right turn I can cut through the parking lot to by pass the traffic light.
Jack Hinge Pitzer December 17, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Too many gas stations. Too many convenience stores. Too many crap fast food places. Shame on Eatontown for backwards thinking development.
Fran Scott December 17, 2013 at 06:58 PM
Foi B Walter . ..therlow info type. Its the Planning Board not the Borough Council. The biggest point is the very real potential of a legal left turn onto 35 South. Even with a traffic control device [i.e. curbing] to stop it it is not a serious deterrent. The PD cannot /will not enforce it The State needs to step upo and require the developer to istall a steel barrier that would prevent such a turn. Got it Pete. F?
carl pinto December 18, 2013 at 11:44 AM
Another eatontown blunder,this is just plain stupid there is too much traffic there now,what the people that live in brookwood this is one of the worst things eatontown has down,and they have done some stupid things in the past but this is the worst. The mayor is after tax money,its always about money.
Dominick Palermo December 18, 2013 at 03:03 PM
Carl------------ Tax-money???????? ----- Jesus with all the so-called "rateables" Eatontown has ----------- instead of paying taxes -- we should be getting a check from the town every yr
FromLBtoABbacktoWLB December 18, 2013 at 06:03 PM
I think this great Exxon has always been the Big Bully on the block..NOT ANYMORE. Chic-Fil-A great company , good work ethics.OFF ON SUNDAY what do you know.... And WAWA Coffee woohooo , Awesome and Great sandwiches @kevin Chic-Fil-A is Great
Dominick Palermo December 19, 2013 at 08:29 AM
We will have 5 gas stations within a 3.4 mile radius ------ 2 will be 24 hr --------- Is this necessary ------ If Luk reopens that will be 6 --- Unnecessary
Toolman December 19, 2013 at 08:45 AM
Good job!!!!! Damn putting 50 people to work I guess that's a sin to some of you Living wage I thought the people of this state just voted to change the minimum wage and also tie it in the COL??? Build baby Build.
FromLBtoABbacktoWLB December 19, 2013 at 02:00 PM
What do you care how many gas stations are open? Plus you have to consider south and north bound lanes on 35 .. And WAWA will make all of them bring the prices down and NONE of them have WAWA SUBS or coffee , so F-em
Dominick Palermo December 20, 2013 at 09:30 AM
Oh my God -- Do you know the distance from the furthest gas station in Eatontown ( Sands motel newest location) to the furthest -------Exxon across from FT Monmouth )-------3.4 miles --Holy crap people are that busy that they cant make a loop of 6.8 miles and pass 10 gas stations ? lololol--- How soft is this nation getting??????? --
Dominick Palermo December 20, 2013 at 09:37 AM
Toolman--------Pumping gas pays a living wage ??????? lololo Don't think so ---and sorry it never should --------Sorry its a minimum wage job has been and always will be --------You expect 15 per hr to pump gas as well as 15 ph to wrap burgers ???????????????
Toolman December 20, 2013 at 03:17 PM
Well Dom what is a living wage? Do you know what it will pay is it better then sitting around collecting freebies? no I don't but the real problem is they will only hire part timers because of the fantastic A.C.A. Don't know about you but I started turning wrenches for $2.00 an hour years ago but I worked up to where I am today Pumping Fuel is an entry level job what is the new minimum wage because I didn't vote to change the state constitution
carl pinto December 20, 2013 at 04:28 PM
No tax payer in eatontown will ever see there taxes go down because of these new stores the taxes that they will pay will go towards hiring more cops,eatontown has too many now ...
Itchy Foot Moe December 20, 2013 at 06:00 PM
Statler and Waldorf here sound like a couple of bitter old men, maybe they need to run for Council in town and go door to door together on a platform of "We have too much stuff in town" "how dare anyone be out at 3-am!" and "Get off my lawn!"
Dominick Palermo December 20, 2013 at 10:22 PM
Itchy----------you don't walk across my lawn with out alarms going off lights going on Hungry oit bulls running to the fence line --- and people coming to the doors with shot guns lololololol
The ignorant one December 22, 2013 at 05:37 PM
Really?? A Chick Fil A?]
Macus Walker January 01, 2014 at 07:16 PM
I wanted to see how many liberals, aka, intolerant, hateful bigoted normalphobes, who do not allow anyone else to have any opinions other than theirs, would post. We found our normalphobes people! The workers of the devil, who along with him, look to silence the truth and lie and defame those who know right from wrong! Sorry chick-fil-A has morals and values and knows right from wrong. You intolerant normalphobes can just shut up and go elsewhere.
Keven Canning January 02, 2014 at 10:27 AM
Sorry, Marcus, that you are so full of hatred. Chick-fil-a preaches intolerance.
Brian Walter January 02, 2014 at 12:28 PM
Let's stop the name calling please. This is about the people in Brookwood Apartments that used to have a trailer park behind them. Now they will have a gas station. How would you like it if a gas station was built next to your house? I think most people would be upset if the Borough suddenly decided to make a commercial zone in their neighborhood and almost any commercial enterprise was built there.
Dominick Palermo January 02, 2014 at 06:28 PM
6 gas stations in a town -- that is 3 miles long ----------------OVERKILL
The ignorant one January 02, 2014 at 08:30 PM
Wow dude. Then get a job at Chic-Fil-A!!!!!!
Dominick Palermo January 04, 2014 at 08:27 AM
I don't need a job ----I have 3 pensions ---------
The ignorant one January 04, 2014 at 10:28 PM
Wasn't talking to u my apologies.
The ignorant one January 04, 2014 at 10:29 PM
Good for u


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