Conshohocken 'super Wawa' gets green light from council

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Conshohocken super Wawa gets green light from council: Dann Cuellar reports on Action News at 11 p.m., November 15, 2017 (WPVI)

By a razor-thin margin, Conshohocken Borough Council approved a controversial super Wawa that has been in the middle of a bitter battle for the last six years.

The immediate reaction following council's 4-3 vote to go forward with a proposed super Wawa on the site of the former Moore Chevrolet Dealership on Fayette Street. Since 2012, Wawa has been fighting to build a new store on the property, contending it would improve the area.

"This is a Wawa that will enhance an area that is not residential," said developer Ross Weiss.

For six years there have been 28 public hearings in which many residents have battled against the proposed super Wawa.

"I don't want chaos on the top of my block," said John Giordano. "I don't want it there."

But at the end of the 29th public hearing, council narrowly approved the measure, giving Wawa the green light.

"It's terribly disappointing," said Tony Defazio. "The community been opposed to it for five years and these new council members decided to go a different direction."

One resident likened it to David and Goliath.

"Why does Wawa get to come in here and just ram it down our throats?" said Jan Vacca. "It's wrong, it's just wrong. It's all about the money."

The question now is if opponents will file an appeal. As for now, that possibility remains.

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