Calm down, everybody, Wawa’s on the way.
The heroes of the hoagie world say it’s looking like a 2018 opening for the Wawa Market across from Palm Beach International Airport, at Belvedere Road and Australian Avenue.
No more details yet from Wawa itself, but the owner of the 8.5-acre site, Tampa-based Brightwork Real Estate, has begun land work on the brownfield site.
Brightwork principal Austin Simmons said Monday that earth-movers are sorting and relocating the construction debris that was buried at the former landfill. Much of it will be reused rather than carted away, he said. Concrete, for example will be crushed and re-used as a base for the roadways. “Smart re-use” saves carting costs, of course, but also saves landfill space.
Simmons said his development firm is preparing the entire site, part of which Wawa will take over to build the sub shop and a 16-pump gas station. No decisions yet on the rest of the property, where the developers are considering putting hotels and a grocery.
The land-clearing will take several months, Simmons said. It’s hard to predict exactly how long, he said. “As we go through that site — we investigated it prior to construction — but a site like this, as you move the dirt you continue to investigate it. We’ll find more concrete we didn’t expect.”