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Redevelopment of South Whitehall Lukoil Site Not So Simple

The former Lukoil Gas Station was a grandfathered use and any other commercial venture would have to be approved by South Whitehall zoners.

Redeveloping the Lukoil Gas Station, which has stood vacant for about a year at the Cedar Crest Boulevard and Route 22 intersection, will require rezoning for anything other than a gas station.

South Whitehall Zoning Officer Keith Zehner said the gas station use is grandfathered and another commercial use is not permitted because it's in a residential neighborhood.

If a business wanted to develop the property as something other than a gas station, it would have to go before the zoning board, and Zehner said any proposed commercial use would have to generate the same level of traffic or less than a gas station.

He said it couldn't be something more intense, like a fast-food restaurant. The other option would be to tear it down and build a residence.

Would you like to see another gas station, a residence or maybe a small office open there? Tell us what you would prefer.

Mary Ellen Alu (Editor) October 16, 2012 at 12:46 PM
It certainly is a good location, visually speaking, for a business. First thing you see, straight on, when you exit Route 22 onto Cedar Crest.
Luke October 22, 2012 at 02:26 PM
A GIANT station so SWT won't have to go to trexlertown to use the gas points! :)
Frank October 23, 2012 at 02:18 PM
I agree with Luke! Have Giant look at this and open a Giant Gas station there!
Brooklands November 04, 2012 at 11:44 PM
I think that an office like a Realtor or a Financial Planner would work well there without creating excessive traffic. It was a difficult place for cars to leave, which probably hurt the gas station's business.

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