A shuttered gas station at a busy Falls Township intersection will see new life as an automated car wash.

The Falls Township Supervisors on Monday night granted preliminary and final land development approval to Levittown Car Wash, LLC. The owner plans to redevelop a closed-down Shell gas station at 8601 New Falls Road into a car wash.

Plans call for the existing car wash on the site to remain and for a 1,289-square-foot addition to be added along with parking and driveway improvements. The 861-square-foot convenience store and four gas pumps would be removed to make way for an employee office and four vacuum stations under the existing 1,719-square-foot canopy.

Once renovated and reopened, the car wash will restrict access onto Hood Boulevard during peak commuting hours. However, the car wash anticipates its peak use times to be around lunch time. In addition, the developer is working with PennDOT to offer a one-way circulation pattern into and out of the car wash.

Supervisor John Palmer said he’s excited about the renovation.

“That was long overdue,” Palmer said. “It was an eyesore.”

In other business, the board reviewed a sketch plan for B&J Warehouse, which is located at 1001 New Ford Mill Road, on a portion of the U.S. Steel site. The board took no action since the applicant has not yet submitted land development plans.

The company, which has a 178,000-square-foot warehouse onsite now, is looking to build three separate building additions totaling 56,000 square feet. The extra space would be used for additional warehouse space.

B&J officials said they anticipate coming back before the Board of Supervisors for land development review in early 2022, following action from the zoning hearing board.

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