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Longtime plan for new Wawa in South Whitehall closer to completion

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A Wawa at Route 100 and Willow Lane in Lower Macungie Township.

  • A new Wawa may come to 1810 Route 309 in South Whitehall
  • The plan first came before the township in 2021, but the developer needed to revise its design
  • The property is currently vacant with a small building that would be demolished if the plan is approved

SOUTH WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. — After two years, a plan for a Wawa on Route 309 is moving forward.
South Whitehall Planning Commission last month reviewed a sketch plan for a new Wawa with gas pumps at 1810 Route 309.

The property owner, Landston Equities, originally submitted a preliminary/final plan to planners and to the township Zoning Hearing Board in 2021.

But after the board raised issues with the location of the driveway, the developer decided to revise the plan and resubmit it as a sketch plan for informal review.

Jeff Beavan of Bohler Engineering said Landston Equities will have to go before the Zoning Hearing Board again before it can submit a formal land development plan to the township.

But the developer wanted feedback before resubmitting plans, he said.

"It’s been a long time.”
Jeff Beavan Bohler Engineering

“It just seemed though that this is probably the right time to get the sketch back in just to see the product of your staff, PennDOT and our engineer’s work after — I mean, it’s been a long time,” Beavan said.

North Whitehall planners also recently discussed a potential new Wawa on Route 309.

Plan details

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The sketch plan for a new Wawa along Route 309 in South Whitehall.

The building would be about 6,600 square feet on the 4-acre property. The plan includes 74 parking spaces, but planners indicated they would like to take out four of those spots.

The property currently is vacant, with a small building that would be demolished if the plan is approved.

The Planning Commission's deadline to act on the plan is December.
Planner Gregg Adams

Planning Board Chairman David Wilson suggested the plan include crosswalks across Chapmans Road and Grammes Road.

He also requested the developer add more sidewalks to fit with the Route 309 betterment plan, which is slated to begin in fall 2024.

Planner Gregg Adams said the Planning Commission's deadline to act on the plan is December.