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A former gas station in Springettsbury Township will soon be demolished to become a MOD Pizza.  

The store is slated to open in November, said Barry Mease, owner of BLM Construction & Remodeling LLC of Dover Township. Mease and his wife bought the property for $425,000, he said.

They plan to spend $1.2 million on a new 2,640-square-foot building at 2401 E. Market St., according to Mease.

Springettsbury Township officials have approved the plan's conditional use, but the land development plans are currently under review, said Josh George, who manages the York office of the project's engineering firm, Snyder, Secary & Associates LLC.

Before the site was handed off to the Meases, George said, Speedway Gas Station had to do the cleanup of the underground tanks. 

George said the site is now approved for new construction because Speedway went through the state Department of Environmental Protection's Act 2 process. Act 2 is a "land recycling program that encourages the voluntary cleanup and reuse of contaminated commercial and industrial sites," the department’s website states.

This is the first time the Meases have worked on a commercial development, Barry Mease said.

“This is the first commercial development that we’re doing,” Mease said. “We’ve flipped residential houses.”

Mease said he believes the economy is good, and with a “national name like MOD,” he and his wife thought it would be a “successful venture.”

He said MOD Pizza is opening between 100 and 150 locations a year, which gives him a sense of stability. 

And, when the pizza shop is complete, he said, the Meases want to try to build one new venture a year. 

“It’s a corporate location,” he said. “I will be the landlord and the developer. Once we walk away, we get it built, then we collect rent.”

Once the Meases get through the approval process and the site is built out for MOD specifications, the restaurant will be ready to open, Mease said.

The Springettsbury Township Planning Commission will review the project’s latest plans Thursday, March 15. Mease said he believes the vote for the final land and development approval will happen in April.

There are three other MOD Pizza locations in York County: one in West Manchester Township, one in York Township and one in Hanover.

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