The borough of Hawthorne on Thursday, March 6, 2014, won a major victory in its six-year battle to stop a proposed all-night 7-Eleven from being built in a residential zone on Goffle Road.
Partner here at WJL, James Delia, the attorney for the Five Corners Association, a resident group that opposed the project, said the Hawthorne zoning code’s definition of gas station doesn’t include the sale of convenience items. Before it closed, the gas station sold cases of water and had a cigarette vending machine. “To equate that with a 7-Eleven, well, there’s just no equation,” Delia said
Superior Court Judge Ralph L. DeLuccia Jr. upheld the Hawthorne zoning board’s 2011 denial of a use variance for the project. DeLuccia ruled that the zoning board acted well within its scope in refusing to permit the 7-Eleven, which the judge said many residents feared would be “a nuisance operation.”
The ruling all but ended the hopes of the developer, Puddingston LLC, and its attorney, Harold P. Cook III, of replacing the shuttered gas station at 896 Goffle Road with an all-night convenience store.
We will continue to update you on this and whether the developer decides to appeal this decision.