The Bethlehem Planning Commission heard a proposal for a Wawa convenience store and gas station that would be built on the site of the former Chris’s Restaurant on Rt. 412–also known as Hellertown Road–in the city on Thursday.
WFMZ-TV Channel 69 News reported that concerns expressed at the meeting were mostly related to the property’s location within a flood plain, which means that the city’s zoning hearing board will also have to approve the proposal.
The news station reported that the new building and gas pumps would be constructed at a slight elevation, but wouldn’t look like they’ve been artificially raised in contrast to the surrounding landscape according to an engineering firm that’s involved with the plans.
If the Wawa is built at that location, it will become the closest Wawa to Hellertown.
One of the most-requested businesses by borough residents is a Wawa, but the popular convenience store chain so far hasn’t displayed interest in opening a Saucon Valley store.
Chris’s, a popular local diner for decades, closed after its owners won part of a large lottery jackpot nearly five years ago.
The property on which the Wawa would be built is located at 774 Hellertown Road and is close to the Rt. 412 interchange for I-78 as well as a large industrial park and the Wind Creek casino in Bethlehem.