NO Gas Station At 78th St & Camden Field Pkwy!

NO Gas Station At 78th St & Camden Field Pkwy!

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Donnie Lane started this petition to Director, Hillsborough County Department of Public Works James Hudock and

Recently an application was filed to Hillsborough County Department of Public Works by 7-Eleven Inc, which plans to build an 8-pump gas station & 3,010 square foot convenience store (store #38720) with car washing facility dangerously close to the Canterbury Lakes, Touchstone, & Camden Woods subdivisions.  In fact, the most recently submitted plans indicate that the gas station would practically be located IN Canterbury Lakes, with one of its own streets requested to extend directly into the 7-Eleven facility’s parking lot.  The devastating traffic, environmental and health implications resulting from allowing a gas station to be built so close to our neighborhoods bring us together to start a petition strongly opposing the builder’s plans.

There are many well-understood environmental hazards for residents in close proximity to gas stations.  One major problem is the buildup of ground-level ozone, caused by gasoline vapors in contact with vehicle emissions.  These ozone levels lead to an increased risk of respiratory issues, including asthma, for nearby residents.  Children are particularly susceptible to these problems.  Gasoline vapors are known to be carcinogenic, one example of which being benzene.  Exposure to gasoline fumes has been shown to cause brain, kidney, nerve and lung damage.  Air levels of gasoline toxins are increased around gas stations due to vapors from pumps, refilling of storage tanks, and evaporation of spillage.  Recently, a study led by health scientists at Columbia University found that emissions were 10 times higher than estimates used in setback regulations used to determine how close schools, playgrounds, and parks can be situated to gas stations.

Additionally, there is no community need for yet another gas station to be built in this area.  There are already 7 gas stations within a 1.25 mile radius of the intersection, including two 7-Eleven facilities (one at 3603 S Faulkenberg and another at 7711 Causeway Blvd).

The intersection at 78th St  and Camden Field Pkwy is already booming with traffic, so much so that a traffic light and turn lane were recently installed.  Unfortunately, this improvement was not accompanied by a widening of 78th St nor Camden Field Pkwy. 78th St is a very busy two-lane road already overburdened with traffic.  Especially during peak times such as rush hours, this street backs up from the light at Causeway Blvd nearly all the way down to Camden Field Pkwy.  Infrustracture is severely inadequate to support a 24-7 gas station/convenience store/car wash, and if this facility is built it will only cause greater expense, danger, & headache when 78th St is inevitably widened.

Water Tower Dr already experiences a large amount of traffic as one of only 2 main access routes to the southernmost section of the Canterbury Lakes subdivision.  Directing more traffic directly from a 24-7 gas station to Water Tower Dr would be a terrible idea and cause excessive noise at all hours of the day/night to Canterbury Lakes residents living on/near this road.  Fuel tank trucks and other large, hazardous vehicles would gain free access to use the neighborhood as a throughway, while residents suffer from incessant traffic and increased chemical exhaust exposure.

Furthermore, construction of a 24-7 gas station/convenience store/car wash would undoubtedly increase crime in the area, which we are already struggling with.  Our neighborhoods have unfortunately been plagued with theft from individuals burglarizing homes and breaking into vehicles.  We do not want a 24-7 convenience store attracting more individuals to our neighborhood at all hours of the day/night.

We urge you to please reconsider allowing an unnecessary 24-7 gas station/convenience store/car wash to be built into our neighborhood, as this would have a devastating impact on our community.

References:

Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. "Gas stations vent far more toxic fumes than previously thought." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 4 October 2018.  www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/10/181004110021.htm

Markus Hilpert, Ana Maria Rule, Bernat Adria-Mora, Tedmund Tiberi. Vent pipe emissions from storage tanks at gas stations: Implications for setback distances. Science of The Total Environment, 2019; 650: 2239 DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.09.303

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3222489/

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/305721422_Human_health_risk_due_to_urban_petrol_stations

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/46109925_Assessing_the_impact_of_petrol_stations_on_their_immediate_surroundings

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0170423

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