There hasn’t been much activity at the site of the Wawa gas station and convenience store, but that’s about to change.
Lady Lake Growth Management Director Thad Carroll on Tuesday updated the Lady Lake Economic Development Advisory Committee on the Wawa which is being built at U.S. Hwy. 27/441 and County Road 466.
He said that on Monday work should begin on installation of underground tanks. Once the tanks are in, construction should soon follow, Carroll indicated.
The last high-profile work at the site was the demolition of the local landmark “The Castle” way back in April.
In 2017, the Lady Lake Commission heard from both sides – Wawa opponents and Wawa fans – before ultimately splitting on the project. Some complained that Lady Lake was losing its small-town feel.
Later this month, commissioners are likely to relive that battle when representatives make a pitch for a 7-Eleven to be built at County Road 466 and Rolling Acres Road.
Two commissioners came out publicly on Dec. 3 and vowed to vote against the 7-Eleven at a notorious intersection known for traffic congestion and frequent accidents. Commissioner Dan Vincent said he felt burned by broken promises about funding for improvements on Rolling Acres Road and a less-than-caring reception from a Lake County Commission member. Commissioner Paul Hannan said he thinks the town has enough gasoline stations.Villages-News.com offered its thoughts on the proposed 7-Eleven in a recent editorial.