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Quick Chek Makes Adjustments, Neighbors Not Impressed

Store proposal changes entrance/exit onto Allenwood Road; residents still pan the plan

In an apparent effort to appease its critics, representatives from Quick Chek redrew its plans to provide access from Allenwood Road on a proposed site near Route 138. 

The convenience store chain wants to construct a 5,496-square-foot store and 16-pump gas station at 2101 Allenwood Road, near Route 138 east. It is the site of the former State Police barracks. The plan has been vigorously opposed by neighboring residents.

But Wednesday, Quick Chek representatives proposed a new plan to get people into and out of the site from Allenwood Road.

Instead of putting traffic onto Allenwood Road near the existing jug handle, the new plan calls for extending access beyond Allenwood Road about 150 feet before meeting up with the jug handle, according to Charles Olivo, a traffic engineer for Quick Chek.

The plan would require state Department of Transportation approval, Olivo said.

The majority of traffic, up to 80 percent, would be entering and leaving from Route 138, Olivo said. The configuration they propose for Allenwood Road would be sufficient to handle any proposed traffic from the site, Olivo said.

The Quick Chek proposal was blasted by numerous residents who attended, many of whom live on Allenwood Road.

“This methodology doesn’t bear up the what we experience every day in Wall Township,’’ said Michael Ferrell, of Parkwood Drive.

Numerous residents echoed Ferrell’s sentiments.

“This is something that is absolutely not needed,” said Nella Andino, of Patricia Lane.

“I just don’t think this is necessary,’’ said Henry Nonnenberg, also of Patricia Lane.

Anthony Graziano, a real estate expert testifying on behalf of Quick Chek was next to begin his testimony, which was cut short because the application ran out its allotted time.

The application is scheduled to be heard on March 21.

DD Smith February 02, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Wall does not care about thy neighbor as usual. Oh, how many wish to have the police barrack back now. But then again, many complain about the police and how much they make. Everyone wants the services, yet does not want to pay. Everyone in all the different towns complain about the police from salaries, to we have to many police. Services are missed after the fact when something happens and then it is always different. We should have kept the services. Like someone mentioned on other posts in reference to this issue, just had a robbery, gas stations are an easy target, criminals hit them up during a bad economy. The other issue is true, it will effect the surrounding home values, who wants to be surrounded by the perimeter of Gas Stations.
Michael Ferrell February 02, 2012 at 06:52 PM
I really don't get the point by DD Smith. The police barracks move was not related to the town but a decision by the State relating to the purchase price of the property, renewal of the lease and other factors. The board has to entertain the evidence and presentation by Quick Chek as a public agency. Their vote on the use variance is critical, and we should all hope they reject the proposal. Quck Chek is doing the obvious, stretching out their presentations, adding in additional reports and so far not really providing their site planner to get to the point at hand. Obviously this is lucrative for the lawyers and consultants they hire. As residents we need to show up March 21st and follow the process. We get a chance to ask questions of the "experts" (QC hired guns) testifying and then to make comments. The more of us that participate appropriately the louder our voice will be heard. Quick Chek simply is from my view attempting to outlast the opposition, a typical tactic in these hearings. Residents loose continuity and ability to participate as they are not paid like the QC team. The board though should be commended because at last night's meetings they showed insight and commented they had re-read the transcripts of previous meetings.
DD Smith February 02, 2012 at 07:18 PM
@Mike, I understand it was a State decision to close the police barracks, just stating this would not even be a discussion with Quick Check if it was still there. I just feel, the towns continue to get -crewed over by the State and the town -crews over the residents for one thing or another. As far as the police issues, I kind of just added my opinion in. I feel residents want to fight every penny they pay for different services, everyone complains until we need them, just saying I agree to some of the other post on this issues. I feel gas stations are targeted especially during a bad economy which brings crime to all the area these gas stations are in. My other point is Wall needs to stick together on all issues that effect the town as a whole, just not by sections of areas which is what I feel has been, no one cares until it effects them, which is a really bad attitude to have.
crazy lady February 02, 2012 at 10:27 PM
And the 2nd comment was more babble! Anyway, traffic is horrible now on Allenwood rd. The road is falling apart from one end to the other and the town seems to have no desire to repair it. Letting quick chek traffic in and out of 138 is wrong. That entire right lane as soon as you come off the parkway is a death lane. There have been some very serious accidents there including a death a few years ago. It's just going to get worse. A fiasco letting them in and out from Allenwood too. Very dangerous area all around. It needs to be rejected final done finished. Stupid idea to put it there.
DD Smith February 02, 2012 at 10:41 PM
@crazy lady, it is not babble, it is my opinion. On other post that were left on this same subject, someone mentioned the gas station down the street was recently robbed and I happen to agree, that gas stations can be a problem for a town because they are the first ones to get hit, especially in the economy. I can't help you with my other comments, fill in the blanks. Let's see how much Wall zoning board cares about their residents, do you understand that.
George Brooks February 05, 2012 at 06:44 AM
who is dumb enough to want to buy a house on allenwood rd anyway? That road is a zoo! Face it, you live on a commercial rd. You're not gonna be happy with anything that is put there. Are you seriously satisfied that there is an abandoned property there right now?
NONEOFYOURBUSINESS February 05, 2012 at 03:11 PM
George, Agreed... Did they not think the area was going to be build upon. What is the difference between a gas station and a bank? Any business is going to create traffic. They should have thought about were they purchased their house. They're not going to stick a WaWa or Quick Check in a neighborhood. The same individuals that are complaining on her, I am sure enjoy a Quick Check or WAWA coffee in other towns that they travel through. They just do not want it in their backyard. Typical Wall B.S.
Michael Ferrell February 06, 2012 at 01:09 PM
TO Mr Brooks and NOYB: Your comments are absurd. Many people bought their homes years ago before Allenwood road was so congested. While most of us are not happy with an abandoned property, this use is absolutely ridiculous. The traffic flow now is bad, this will make it even worse. For NOYB, the issue here isn't WAWA or QC, it is the traffic pattern they will create and the danger their proposed adjustment will bring. The volume between a gas station and a bank are substantial with QC being 24X7 with peak traffic volume during rush hours. Another similar set up in Wall is seeing an average of over 300 cars and trucks per hour on weekday mornings. And in the case of this proposed use all the traffic will have to in one way or another exit onto Allenwood Road. There is no return exit back to 138! Along with a cut through to the turn from Allenwood road to 138 which would direct traffic across Allenwood road. I would welcome a bank, as it would be must less a disruption to the traffic patterns for for fewer hours, and almost zero peak hours each week! This isn't a "Not in my backyard" issue, but a real safety issue for anyone who will attempt to use the interestion of 138 and Allenwood road. It also will bring additional toll cheaters who avoid paying the exit 98 toll to use the commuter lot at the service area, and snake back through Belmar Boulevard to Allenwood to 138 and 34. That impact all of Wall as most of the toll from exit 98 should go to the town.
Kathy Dweck February 24, 2012 at 02:11 PM
I live around the corner off 18th Avenue, and my opinion is you are not going to be able to stop it from happening. Big companies know how to work around local planning boards to get the location that they want. Unfortunately for us, to them, it's a great location because of those heading east to the Jersey Shore. I will be surprised if in two/three years something is not built there.

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