The Zoning Board of Adjustment is scheduled to hear an application tonight seeking to convert a former St. Georges Avenue fitness center into a Wawa. UPDATE: The application was postponed to a later date.
280 St. Georges Ave., LLC (Block 6, Lots 3 and 4) seeks preliminary and major site plan and final major site plan, with a use “d” variance and conditional use.
UPDATE: City Engineer Jacqueline Dirmann told Zoning Board members that the applicant received the planning and engineer’s reports and wanted more time to address them. “They wanted to come here with a clean application,” she said. Zoning Board attorney John Pidgeon said it’s unclear when the applicant will return, it could be July or August, or later, but will be re-noticed.
Power and Fitness closed about 18 months ago after five years in operation at the St. Georges Avenue site.
Wawa has more than 720 locations and has been increasing its presence in New Jersey in recent years. Known more in South Jersey and Pennsylvania, the franchise is making its way north, with a Bridgewater location expected to open this year, among 50 planned openings on the East Coast, half of them in Florida. Currently, the closest Wawa locations are in Woodbridge and Avenel.
The 3.6-acre site on St. Georges Avenue is assessed for $1,175,500, according to property records, yielding a property tax bill of about $77,888. It’s among several Rahway properties owned by Giacobbe & Sons Contractors, Inc. The application also includes a small lot on Murray Street, which is assessed for $75,700, generating property taxes of $4,782.