Sunoco has withdrawn its application to
convert its gas station at the intersection of Country Club Road and Route 28 to a 24-hour combination convenience
store and gas station.
The application drew fierce opposition from residents on the Bridgewater and Raritan border who feared that a 24-hour convenience store
would disrupt their neighborhood. They made their objections at a June meeting
of the Zoning Board of Adjustment when they questioned Sunoco and its
In a letter to neighboring property owners last week, Timothy Prime, attorney
for Sunoco, said the company has decided to withdraw its application and develop
a new plan.
Prime said Sunoco will propose more limited hours of operation, a smaller
convenience store, a smaller free-standing sign and a larger rear-yard buffer.
The application on the 24-hour store was scheduled to continue on Aug. 6, but
the revised plans are still being developed and yet to be submitted to the
township, Prime said.
The neighbors said the $2.1 million proposal by Sunoco to convert the gas
station to an 24-hour, 365-day A1Plus store would adversely affect the quality of
More than 100 residents signed a petition opposed to the plan that was circulated
by Country Club Road resident Gary Casagrande, who also started a web site: http://stopsunoco.com/ .
The residents focused not only on potential security issues with the 24-hour
operation but also increased traffic at
the already busy intersection and the intensity of the development.
Though Sunoco required a use variance to open a convenience store, Bridgewater does not have an ordinance that would prohibit the
business from operating 24 hours a day. The gas station has been at the
intersection for more than four decades.