Wawa wants landscaping waivers from Lady Lake commissioners

The developer of a planned Wawa will be appearing Monday night before the Lady Lake Commission, seeking landscaping waivers at the planned location at U.S. Hwy. 27/441 and County Road 466.

The landscape waiver requests for the 6,119-square-foot convenience store with fuel operations will be heard at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Lady Lake Town Hall.

An architect’s rendering of the proposed Wawa.

Wawa will preserve two Historic Oak trees on the site. But it is seeking a landscape buffer waiver to accommodate alignment of the proposed commercial driveways along U.S. Hwy. 27/441 and Old Dixie Highway. Other waivers are being sought due to dimensional constraints of connecting sidewalks, outside seating, a loading area and parking spaces abutting the building.

While the business community, including the Lady Lake Chamber of Commerce, has cheered the future Wawa, it has also had its share of detractors who fear the impact of traffic and the loss of local landmarks.