|Wawa not done yet with Media, PA|
Timing is everything and even thought that didn't quite work out for the Super Wawa proposal late last year, the old saying, "better late than never" may be just as good. At last night's Planning Commission meeting, the board voted 6 to 1 to recommend to borough council that they change the zoning of the parking lot from residential to HBO (Highway, Business, Office) and that they vacate and relocate Baker Street that the borough owns. This was not a vote specifically for a Super Wawa, but for the property in general.
This now puts Mayor Bob McMahon and Media Borough Council it a position they least like: leadership, responsibilty and decision making. There will be no, "We were told not to talk about it.." (i.e Nativity School); "This is what the petition/survey says" (i.e Third Street Bridge) or even, "There was confusion on what was being voted on..." as used during last year's discussion on this lot. This will now fall directly on the shoulders of Council President, Brian Hall and Media Borough Council. As for the Mayor, who has sat silent throughout the whole process, don't expect anything to change there.
I would like to recognize Media's Planning commission and the Media Business Authority for showing the poise and decisiveness towards this matter. Yes, there will be challenges that will have to be dealt with in terms of traffic, but at least a conversation can now take place on what could be a potentially big opportunity for the community in terms of jobs, construction and tax revenue.