SAYREVILLE – A former community landmark on Route 9 was demolished this week, paving the way for a Wawa.
Demolition began Wednesday at the site of the former Peterpank Diner, located at 967 Route 9 North, developer Walter Pereira, a principal with Monroe-based Retlaw 967 LLC, said.
The plans call for construction of a 5,700-square-foot Wawa on the 4.2-acre site, Pereira said.
“There will be a gas station with four sets of gas pumps that will allow 16 vehicles to be serviced at the same time,” he said.
The Borough Zoning Board of Adjustment approved the plan March 28, said Kirk Miick, the borough’s director of code enforcement/construction official.
“All the approvals have been received and we’re moving forward,” Pereira said. “We’re starting with the demolition and will move on to the site work.”
Demolition is expected to be completed by Friday or Monday at the latest, Pereira said.
“Then, they are going to start grading,” he said. “We have to remove all the old asphalt. We are redoing all the storm water runoffs so we don’t burden the borough sewers. We’re going to have two detention ponds for water detention that will force the water to filter back into the soil and it helps to recharge the underground aquifers. These are all new conservation techniques that are employed in all our jobs.”