Wawa's Expansion Approved The Middletown Council Approved Plans To Expand The Dairy. It Also Added A List Of Conditions.

Posted: June 29, 1994

MIDDLETOWN — Wawa Inc. is ready to start next week on a $30 million, five-year expansion of its dairy and warehouse operations off Baltimore Pike.

At a meeting Monday night, the Township Council voted, 4-0, to approve final plans for Wawa, with a list of conditions that included correcting the odor problem stemming from the dairy's pre-treatment sewage plant.

Wawa officials have said that the company has more than 500 convenience stores and expects that number to double by the turn of the century. To meet its stores' growing demand for milk and juice, Wawa must expand its dairy, they said.

The dairy, built in 1929, will be turned into a state-of-the-art operation over the next several years, officials said. The first step will be to relocate the employee parking lot and trucking operation to an undeveloped site on the west side of Valley Road, according to project engineer Brad Wall. Also planned for that site is a truck-maintenance facility and an office building.

On the eastern side, the land behind the dairy will be used for a new refrigerated warehouse, and the existing dairy will be remodeled for more processing. Wawa agreed to limit the height of the silos in front of the dairy to 50 feet.

Because the 90-acre site is divided by Valley Road, the plans call for building two bridges over the road: one for pedestrians traveling from the office to the dairy, and another for truck traffic.

At the meeting, Paul J. Usinowicz of Environmental Resources Management Inc. of Exton outlined the steps that Wawa is taking to correct the odor from the sewage plant.

Under the developer's agreement, the council will hire a consultant at Wawa's expense to resolve the odor problem if necessary, said Robert Jackson, who served as special counsel for the township Monday because the township solicitor, Joseph A. Damico Jr., represents Wawa Inc.

Wall said that Wawa would create a berm to shield nearby residents from truck noise. However, resident Stewart Rose questioned what would happen when the number of trucks increased. As part of the approval, the noise level must meet township standards, officials said. The council agreed to grant relief to Wawa from steep-slope requirements for parking and a detention basin.

In other business, the council approved final plans for a new firehouse near Route 352 for the Middletown Fire Company. The firehouse is now on Bortondale Road.

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