Site preparation work has begun on a Rutter’s convenience store and gas station at Route 222 and Long Lane in Maxatawny Township, authorities confirmed.
Heavy equipment is leveling a 14.9-acre tract, once the site of the landmark Sittler’s Golf driving range and miniature golf.
Christopher Paff, township zoning officer, said the York-based convenience store chain has been granted a zoning permit to perform grading on the site.
While the township has approved Rutter’s preliminary site plan, Paff said, construction of buildings on the site cannot begin until a final plan has been approved.
Sue-Lee Miller, spokesperson, said Rutter's plans to have construction completed by mid-summer.
“We’re very excited to open this location and be a part of the community," she said. "This will be one of our largest locations."
The new store, she said, will feature Rutter's award-winning food service, its 29-degree beer cave and video gaming terminals.
Rutter’s has yet to secure PennDOT highway occupancy permits for entrances and exits on Route 222 and Long Lane.
Rutter’s development, which is on the northwest corner, is the first project in an eventual reconfiguration of the heavily traveled Route 222 and Long Lane intersection.
Developers have filed plans for a Wawa convenience store in the northeast quadrant. And, PennDOT plans to begin construction on an $8 million roundabout at the intersection in summer 2022.
Should the convenience stores materialize, they would join Arby’s, Valentino’s Italian Restaurant and Burger King at the intersection.
PennDOT puts the combined east-west traffic on Route 222 in excess of 51,000 vehicles per day.
In its preliminary plan, Rutter’s proposed to construct a 10,257-square-foot store and restaurant facing Route 222.
Seven fuel islands capable of handling 14 vehicles would be in front of the store, with five diesel islands for trucks at the rear.
Rutter’s engineers designed the entrances with a grade that would accommodate a turning radius for tractor-trailers.
Since the project was first announced, Indiana-based Duke Realty Co. has filed a preliminary plan for a warehouse complex to the north and west of the Rutter’s site. The plan is under review by the township.