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Wawa clears all hurdles for project at Lightfoot intersection

A developer has requested a special use permit from James City County and York County to build a Wawa at the corner of Lightfoot and Richmond roads. (WYDaily/Courtesy York County)
A developer has requested a special use permit from James City County and York County to build a Wawa at the corner of Lightfoot and Richmond roads. (WYDaily/Courtesy York County)

A Wawa convenience store has cleared all the hurdles.

Just one week after the James City County Board of Supervisors approved the plans for the Wawa at the intersection of Lightfoot and Richmond roads, the York County Board of Supervisors has followed suit.

York County supervisors met Tuesday for their regular monthly work session, where they approved an application for a special use permit to build the Wawa with a unanimous vote.

No residents spoke during the scheduled public hearing on the project.

The 5,850-square-foot Wawa will be built on a parcel that straddles the York-James City line, replacing an Exxon gas station on-site.

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The Wawa construction alone will cost about $5 million. The convenience store will employ 30 to 40 people.

The project will generate about 1,383 vehicle trips per day on weekdays, according to a traffic impact analysis filed with James City County. Of those trips, 63 percent in the morning peak-hour and 66 percent in the evening peak-hour are “pass-by” trips drawn from the existing traffic steam.

To help mitigate traffic, the developer, Doswell Ventures LLC, will make some improvements to the Lightoot and Richmond roads intersection.

Both James City County and York County supervisors asked similar questions about tax revenue: If a building is in two counties, how is the tax revenue divvied up?

The real estate tax will be assessed by each county for the parts of the business within their jurisdictions. One gas pump, a strip of landscaping, part of the gas canopy, and parts of a pedestrian connection and sidewalk are in James City County.

The 1 percent sales and use tax that comes back to the localities will be split between the localities, the developer’s attorney Tim Trant said.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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