A 7th Bensalem Wawa Proposed for Neshaminy Mall Meets Opposition from Officials | Newtown News of Interest | Scoop.it

Developers are proposing a modern Wawa with six gas pumps for the Neshaminy Mall in Bensalem. It would be a standalone building located near the Uno Pizzeria and Grill and the On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina.


So far, the idea isn’t getting a grand reception from Bensalem officials, according to Brian Dries, a spokesman for the Verrichia Company, the developer that would build the Wawa.


“Bensalem officials do not seem willing to bring the discussion to a public hearing, even with the mall supporters indicating it is a necessary component for the complex,” he wrote in an email.


Bensalem Mayor Joseph DiGirolamo said some variances needed for the project were previously denied by the township zoning hearing board and that council members have some concerns about the additional traffic the store might bring to the area.


“I know the people at the mall think a Wawa would be a big asset and that’s it’s needed because the mall is in so much trouble,” he said. “I’m not so sure it would be an asset, but that’s not for me to judge. I’m not for or against.”


DiGirolamo that if legal issues between the two sides can be worked out between attorneys, he and other Bensalem officials are always willing to listen to new ideas on the project.


“I don’t know if it’s the right thing for that location,” township Councilman Joseph Pilieri added. “They’re proposing a big sign that would draw people in off Route 1 and bring more traffic, and that’s a big traffic safety hazard in my view. Bensalem has so much traffic as it is.”