EATONTOWN: The question of how people will exit the proposed Wawa and Chick-Fil-A at the corner of Route 35 and Wyckoff Road has not yet been answered.
The Eatontown planning board approved a site plan last December but the developer, Fidelity Eatontown, LLC, still was looking to see if the plan will include a left turn out of the facility and onto Route 35 or a left turn onto Wyckoff Road.
Borough Engineer David Marks said during the March 12 Eatontown Council meeting that the county, which has jurisdiction over Wyckoff Road, and the New Jersey Department of Transportation, which owns Route 35, are working together to see which turn would make more sense.
The planning board unanimously agreed to write a letter to the county and state requesting that the left turn onto Wyckoff Road, only, should be allowed.
Marks said he is not sure when an answer will be reached or which way the sides were leaning.
The council also agreed that the site’s exit should be a left turn onto Wyckoff Road only.
The site will include 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.
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 by the planning board.