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Some Cherry Hill Residents Unhappy Over Proposed Wawa On Haddonfield Road

By David Madden, Robin Rieger and Todd Quinones

CHERRY HILL, NJ (CBS) – Planners in Cherry Hill will meet Monday night and could vote on a plan to put one of those Super Wawa stores along Haddonfield Road, at the site of a former car dealership. Neighbors don’t like the idea.

Wawa does not need a zoning variance to put in a convenience store and several gas pumps on two acres, where Cherry Hill Toyota once stood. And Maureen Romero never expected the site to remain vacant. But, she says, “This is the highest impact use I can possibly think of for that location. (Open) 24/7 — never a day off — maybe Christmas, I don’t know.”

Residents fear it’ll create a lot of noise, not to mention traffic headaches and an increase in accidents on one of the town’s busier roads.

Wawa, in an e-mailed statement, says it has revised its overall plan based what it calls “positive and constructive feedback” to address many of the neighbors’ concerns and hopes to make the new store “a true community asset.”

But, apparently, they haven’t done enough for those like Romero. Between the store, the gas pumps and the fact it’ll never close.

“The amount of traffic that’s already on Haddonfield Road that are stopping and going, turning in and out of the Wawa and the noise generated from that, the car doors opening, radios, car alarms.”

Cherry Hill’s community development director, Paul Stridick, says Wawa will present new renderings Monday night that will address residents’ traffic concerns at one of two parking lot exits.

“Right turn only on Yale Avenue, so that way it’s virtually impossible for anyone to make a left hand turn into the neighborhood,” said Stridick .

He says Wawa has also addressed lighting concerns and increased the proposed buffer between the wawa and the residential properties to 25 feet. The meeting is a continuation of February’s planning board meeting that was packed with concerned residents. The board could vote on the proposal tonight.

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  • pm

    It was approved. Next….

  • Zzbar

    Some people just don’t like “shorty” meatball subs with provolone and oregano. I think all the other excuses are just that, excuses.

  • Jeanette

    I would love it lf WAWA would choose the empty lot on the corner of Kings Hwy and 70 East the building is for sale . and lots of buisness to be had on 70 East there isn’t any on that side all other WAWA’s are on the opposite side 70 West

    • Tom

      That property was sold recently. I believe medical offices are set to open there.

  • Linda

    I should think it would help any traffic problem as the Wawa store will certainly have a stop light installed, would make things better. Some people are just complainers.

  • Brian

    These communities that oppose development are funny. They’re never happy. A bank, store or other business wants to open up and they oppose its opening on the grounds of “noise,” etc.

    After they successfully block it, they then complain that there are no jobs, tax receipts are under expectations, and the local economy is in decline. Whose fault is that?

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    It’s not like they’re clearing away a natural environment since there was a car dealership there before. I could think of a lot of worse things than a Wawa being built Wawas are generally well-maintained businesses and don’t typically have a rowdy clientele.

    • Peter

      And teh Cherry Hill Mall is across the street!

  • Bob P

    “the noise generated from that, the car doors opening, radios, car alarms.”

    Oh yes, those car doors opening are so loud! And car radios, the speakers are on the outside of cars, right? And car alarms galore, surely there will be over 1000 cars here, a Wawa compares to a shopping mall…

    Get real. Just your typical NIMBY’s, nothing to worry about here.

    • Bill H

      Maybe she is referring to the people that for some reason think everyone for a mile in all directions want to hear thier music in thier car. I know many a night in South Philly im awaken by these inconsiderate morons!

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