Wawa and retail center application is rejected

The Brick Township Municipal Building. CHRISTIN NICE / THE COAST STAR

BRICK TOWNSHIP — Residents emerged victorious Wednesday evening after the board of adjustment rejected plans for a Wawa and retail center on Route 88.

This was the second time this year that an application to construct a Wawa in the township has drawn strong opposition from residents and a “no” vote by the board.

The applicant before the board this week, JSM at Martin Blvd., LLC sought approval to build a Wawa convenience store and gas station, a drive-through bank, a multi-use commercial building and a day care center with a fenced play area.

In addition, the proposal called for moving and improving the existing trailer park on the site, requiring several variances.

“To me it comes down to quality of life,” said Lauren Docherty, who lives on Kenneth Place, citing the already congested traffic conditions of Route 88 and fearing the shopping center would only exacerbate the problem.

“Do we need to leave Brick to have a quality of life? We need to really be concerned about our community,” she told the board.

After an outpouring of opposition from residents in neighboring communities, the application was rejected in its third hearing before the board, with board members Mike Jamnik and Stephen Leitner voting, “no,” leaving the application one vote short of passage.

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