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Fate Of Former Gas Station In Clarks Green Remains Uncertain

January 13, 2019
Fate Of Former Gas Station In Clarks Green Remains Uncertain

The proposed sale of a former Clarks Green gas station is no longer in the works, though the former owner of a South Abington Twp. eatery has expressed interest in buying the property and making it a takeout and delivery pizza shop. Representatives from Titan Tree Service, a Midvalley-based business, spoke to borough council in August about purchasing the former Hawk Oil Co., 101 N. Abington Road, with the intent to continue to use the site as a garage to stage trucks or for light commercial use. However, Councilman David Rinaldi said that was the last officials heard of the proposal. Kathy Orzel Wazowicz, who co-owns the property with her sister, Margaret Braz, confirmed the sale of the property to Titan Tree Services fell through. Since then, another person approached council with interest in the site, Rinaldi said. Sal Armetta, owner of Armetta’s Pizzeria & Pub in New Milford and a former owner of Armetta’s Restaurant and Pizzeria in South Abington Twp., attended a council meeting with questions about buying the property and using it as a pizza place, Rinaldi said. Wazowicz said she hadn’t been notified of any additional interest in the site by borough officials. Armetta said he is interested in the site because of his previous experience owning a restaurant in the Abingtons. “I had a good client base and established a lot of good relationships,” Armetta said. “I think that location would be awesome.” He’d like to construct a new building on the site and operate a take out and delivery food shop there, offering pizza, hoagies and other fare, he said. He’s exploring what it would take to get occupancy permits renewed for the site from the state Department of Transportation and zoning approval from the borough. He’s also been in contact with the state Department of Environmental Protection about work on the site, he said. The department has regulations on what can be done at the site due to ground contamination issues there. The former gas station has sat empty since the 1990s. Over the years, borough officials said they’ve received complaints from residents about the property’s appearance. It also presents environmental challenges. In 2002 and again in 2004, removal of underground storage tanks led to the discovery of contamination in the ground there. Years later, DEP contractors removed contaminated soil and another storage tank discovered on the property. Groundwater monitoring wells at the site also yielded signs of contamination, but officials ruled that was confined underground and not a health risk. Contact the writer: cover@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5363; @ClaytonOver on Twitter

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