Vacant Lot in Hazlet Eyed for a 7-Eleven with Gas Pumps

The former Sunoco station at Highway 36 and South Laurel Avenue, Hazlet.

HAZLET –A developer has submitted a proposal to Hazlet Township to build a 7-Eleven convenience store with gas pumps at the site of former Sunoco fuel station at 210 Highway 36.

Presently, the property is an empty lot with an existing boarded-up one-story building on site, ringed by a dilapidated chain link fence. Diagonally across busy Route 36 is the Woroco Gas Station and the Five to Nine convenience store, both in Hazlet.

On tax maps, Sunoco Retail LLC’s property is described as Block 134, Lot 1, located in the business / highway zone.

Site plans at the Hazlet Zoning office show the applicant’s plan. The shaded area depicts Block 134, Lot 1.

New Horizon Properties, LLC. of Englishtown, owned by Felix Bruselovsky, believes its a good spot to build a 7-Eleven.

The site plans describe a proposed 3,010 square foot convenience store to be located closer to the eastern side of the property, near Liberty Place, with 12 parking spaces. Landscaping and a six-foot high stockade fence would be installed at the rear of the store.

Six gas pumps with a central kiosk are designed to be closest to the South Laurel Avenue entrance to the lot, and situated under an 86 x 36-foot canopy.

The underground storage tanks are closest to Route 36. A proposed 13 x 25 -foot trash enclosure is at the center rear of the lot.

The plans show entrances/exits from both South Laurel, Liberty Place and the highway.

Some bulk variances would be needed, possibly for lot coverage and side setback requirements. A date for the preliminary and final site plan application before the Land Use Board has not yet been set. The public may review the plans at Town Hall during business hours, Monday through Thursday.

The property is assessed at $873,100. Its most recent property tax bill was just $22,167.

In 2015, a CVS was proposed for the site, but it also included adjacent lots 15, 15.01 and 16, located in a residential zone. Ultimately, CVS/ First Hartford Realty Corp. was unsuccessful in its bid.

Hazlet has received a surge of interest from developers who want to install gas stations along the township highways. Recently, a Wawa convenience store and pump station was approved for Florence Avenue, and another one for the former K-Mart shopping plaza is currently before the Land Use Board and will continue to be heard on Oct. 3. A Costco Wholesale gas station is proposed for the former Bertucci’s restaurant site, and will be heard before the board at a date yet to be determined.

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