Palm Beach County commissioners approved zoning and land use changes Thursday that will allow a Wawa gas station and eatery to be built at Hypoluxo and High Ridge roads.
Commissioners approved the changes despite intense and broad opposition to the station. County staff members received 649 calls opposing the station with many citing concerns about increases in traffic, noise, pollution and crime.
Palm Beach County commissioners on Thursday will consider an application to allow a Wawa gas station/eatery to be built at Hypoluxo Road and High Ridge Road.
The gas station project has generated intense opposition from some in the area. Backup material provided to commissioners notes that county staff members received 648 calls opposing the project and 66 in favor of it.
Supporters have touted Wawa’s reputation and community involvement. Opponents have said they fear the station will increase traffic, crime and pollution.
The Palm Beach County Zoning Commission voted in favor of the project at its meeting on September 1.
The gas station project is on the zoning agenda county commissioners will take up at 9:30 a.m. Thursday on the sixth floor of the Weisman Governmental Center located at 301 N. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach.
The Palm Beach County Zoning Commission approved Wawa’s application to build a 24-hour gas station at the southeast corner of Military Trail and 10th Avenue North west of Lake Worth.
That application will now go to the Palm Beach County Commission for consideration on August 25.
A far more controversial application from Wawa – this one for a gas station at Hypoluxo Road and High Ridge Road – was also to be considered by the Zoning Commission today. But the agenda item was postponed until the Zoning Commission’s September 1 meeting.
Citing noise and traffic concerns, residents near the proposed Hypoluxo Road station have bombarded county commissioners with letters of opposition to the project.