by Lisa Tome
Although on site work has come to a halt, that new Wawa store is still coming to Elkton.
Officials in the Town of Elkton's Planning Department confirmed last week that the plans to build a Wawa in Elkton are still underway.
The construction site has been fenced off and equipment is parked there.
The hold up is apparently caused by the need for a variance for signs. Wawa officials are scheduled to appear before Elkton's Board of Appeals on April 21 to receive their sign variance.
"It's unlikely they will be denied. It is our understanding that they are waiting for the variance hearing (to continue)," said planning officials.
The Wawa will be a 4,670 square foot building at the current site where the Knights of Columbus building was razed.
Since the project started, a few issues have cropped up in the plans. One was concerning where delivery trucks would make their drop offs. That has since been resolved. There will be entrances and exits to the store off Route 40 and Landing Lane. No delivery trucks will be permitted to use the Landing Lane entrance.
Another business, a grocery chain is also coming to the Route 40 area.
Concept plans have been submitted for German grocery chain Lidl to be built in the area of the old Rose's Diner, at 622 East Pulaski Highway.
Plans for Lidl include a 36,170 square foot store.
Concept and preliminary plans have gained approval in Elkton. Lidl representatives have submitted their final plan for approval. That will likely come during May.