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Gas station plans debated

By: Sean Evans Email
By: Sean Evans Email

"This plan is proposing a 180 square foot kiosk, does include a bathroom, as well as a canopy and the five gas pump islands, that's ten fueling stations on the property."

That proposal was debated today brought to the Planning Comission's table by Kroger.
Some believe it would be convenient, like frequent shopper Sue Jones.

"Now I go out to Hartland to get my gas, so this would be a bit closer and I would like that," said Jones.

"We strongly believe in the convenience factor. We want to enable those existing customers who are already shopping with us, the valuable points right there on site rather than traveling somewhere else," said a Kroger representative, speaking on fuel points redemption.

Kroger representatives say the plans meet the zone's requirements, and presented features that would reduce noise and light pollution as well as any risk of soil pollution to nearby residents.
But residents have their concerns.

Those against the proposal to put a gas station in the Chinoe Village made it clear that even the promised double-walled gas storage tanks and recessed lighting will not be enough to change their mind to put a gas station in their neighborhood.

"The consensus of the neighbors that we've been communicating with is we don't want the station. So for Kroger to come back and adjust the trees or the shrubs or the retaining wall, that's not at all what we're looking for," said Bill Willson, who lives across from the shopping center on Chinoe.

After the debate at the Planning Commission meeting, the issue was tabled until February.

Kroger representatives say they will conduct a traffic survey of the area, which has been a major concern for residents, and present the results at the next meeting.

They also say they will review the recorded minutes from the last Planning Comission meeting that approved a building plan for a gas station in the same area in 2002.

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