BRADENTON -- A fancy gas station and convenience store, complete with cheap gas and hot food, will be making its way to Bradenton if it gets a nod from City Council.
The planning commission approved the special use permit for developers who hope to bring a Wawa to 4455 State Road 64 East.
Darenda Marvin, a senior planner for the project, showed up with a group of six people who came to meet with the planning commission, including reps from Belleair Development Group. Marvin explained to the commission that they were working closely with neighboring residents to address their concerns.
"We had individual meetings with residents. They are in agreement with conditions," she said, and also noted that no residents showed up to the public hearing to speak in opposition.
During a March 20 planning commission meeting, some residents of the neighboring Braden River Lakes area expressed their concerns about traffic and the safety of their children. Marvin said that the company made an effort to meet with homeowner associations as well.
The privately held convenience store founded in Wawa, Pa., is known for its quality food as much as its gas prices. Wawa, which is a Native American for flying goose, features a wide selection of freshly brewed coffee and a large selection of fresh food, including built to order hoagies. Most Wawas are open 24 hours, 365 days a year.
Jason "J.B." Taylor, chairman of the planning commission, raised a concern about the route of fuel delivery on the premises. He said he wants them to think of an alternative route for fuel trucks to enter and exit the location. The developers said that they would revisit that in their plans.
Lori Bruce, a spoeswom
an for Wawa, said at this stage the company is unable to say when the store will be completed, but they are happy plans are moving along.
"We are excited to have the opportunity to present a new site to this community and thrilled by the support we've received at the local level," said Bruce.
The planning commission approved the permit 6-0.
The planning commission's recommendations for the Wawa convenience store will be heard by the city council at its regularly scheduled meeting June 12 at 8:30 a.m.
Janey Tate, City of Bradenton and Palmetto Reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7041. You can follow her on Twitter at Janey_Tate.