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gas stations

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Started 3 months ago

Petition to Linda Horning Pitt

Say No to Demolishing Main Street Grill!

In early February, it was announced that Main Street Grill would be demolished to make way for a third gas station in Crestline. Building a gas station here would not only be a detriment to the neighborhood and Crestline people, but also to the city itself, other businesses, and surrounding areas. First, a gas station in this location would not be ideal to the residents living close by. Gas stations bring high traffic (lights and noise,) smells, and pollutants (air and ground.) As someone who hopes to build a family across the street from this location, I do not feel comfortable having a gas station so close by. (Not to mention, one of the "pluses" of moving to our new home was having a restaurant right outside.) Over time, gas station underground tanks begin to leak, and I don't want to poison my family. Second, residents on this side of town wouldn't have the incentive to go into downtown for gas, ultimately hurting other businesses there. (Personally, I work in the opposite direction of downtown and my parents live around the corner, so- besides refilling my car- I don't have a weekly obligation to go into downtown, as horrible as it sounds.) Third, the newly built Dollar General Market would lose some of its business. As we've seen from Walmart and other major stores, why go two places if you can go to one? Fourth, and tying in to the first, gas stations bring down market value. Like the others living around me, my house will decrease in value when I decide to sell. Fifth, the Main Street Grill building has harbored many local businesses, and it would be a shame to see it go and a large-scale company take its place. Sixth, traffic would pose a threat at an already tight intersection. Finally, if it were to close its doors, another business going in afterwards, besides another gas station, would be slim-to-none since cleaning up and demolishing a gas station is very tedious and financially exhausting.  To sum this up, I'm asking the Village of Crestline, my beloved hometown, to not allow doing away with another good, local business possibility for one that is not welcome in this location. I think Elizabeth Dillon from Porch Press summed it up well when she said, “Not only does the construction of a gas station create negative health impacts to a neighborhood, it also effectively prevents the development of a project on that site which may have had a positive impact on the neighborhood. The gas station will likely stay there for at least fifty years and will be a reminder of the missed opportunity for a development that could promote a community’s vision for the future.” ************************************************************************************** “While convenience stores, gas stations and vehicle repair facilities provide many benefits, they can have a severe quality of life impact when allowed too close to homes and other inappropriate locations. In fact, new stores and stations can even harm existing establishments, particularly when predatory pricing is employed to eliminate competition.” Community & Environmental Defense Services “A number of compounds injurious to human health are released from gas stations during vehicle fueling and from underground storage tank vents. These compounds include: benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene, and xylene (BTEX). Measures to reliably resolve these adverse health effects are not employed at new gas stations. Benzene is the gasoline constituent most harmful to human health. Adverse health effects of benzene include nausea, cancer, anemia, increased susceptibility to infections, and low birth weight. According to the World Health Organization Guidelines for Indoor Air Quality there is no safe level for benzene. The following research documents the extent of benzene releases from gas stations as well as adverse health effects: A 1993 study published by the Canadian petroleum industry found average benzene concentrations of 146 and 461 parts per billion (ppb) at the gas station property boundary in summer and winter, respectively. A 2001 study noted median ambient benzene levels of 1.9 ppb in houses up to 328 feet from a service station. A 2003-2004 study conducted in France documented a significant relationship between childhood leukemia and living near a gas station. A 2010 study conducted in Spain documented elevated air pollution within 100 meters (328 feet) of a gas station. In 2012, Brazilian researchers found that air quality was significantly degraded up to 150 meters (492 feet) from gas stations.” Community & Environmental Defense Services “During the five-year period of 2004-2008, NFPA [National Fire Protection Association] estimates that U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 5,020 [fires] in service or gas station properties per year. These fires caused an annual average of two civilian deaths, 48 civilian fire injuries, and $20 million in direct property damage.” US Department of Housing & Urban Development “Spillage at the pump is a more likely source of fuel release into nearby waterways. In fact, Johns Hopkins University researchers found that an average of 40 gallons of gasoline is spilled at a typical gas station per year at the pumps. The JHU researchers also found that a significant portion of the spilled gasoline can migrate through the concrete pads at many fueling stations.” Community & Environmental Defense Services “It takes about 3,000 to 6,000 people living or working within the market area to support a single gas station.” Community & Environmental Defense Services “...former gas stations are not as easy to sell as many other vacant commercial properties, since in the U.S. a gas station is presumed to be what is called a brownfield. That is a property where there is real or presumed pollution. It is just assumed that at some point the underground gas tanks have leaked or will soon do so, contaminating the soil and groundwater. So that means that under U.S. law, the underground gas tanks must be removed, and soil around and under them also must be removed and replaced. This is the legal responsibility of the owners of the gas station, so in practice this work has to be completed before the station can be sold.” Useful Community Development “In December 2010, Spanish researchers at the University of Murcia released a study on the effects of air contamination from gas stations. This study found increased levels of airborne chemicals within 150 feet of gas stations due to the evaporation of gasoline during the filling process. The greater the number of pumps at the gas station, the larger the area of contamination was found to be, extending up to 300 feet from the station. Perhaps the most harmful of these chemicals is Benzene. Benzene is a known carcinogen that has been shown to affect the central nervous system, respiratory tract, and the immune system. After prolonged exposure, it has also been shown to cause brain damage, anemia, and leukemia. Toluene is another chemical that is found in gasoline vapors; and it is associated with cardiac arrhythmias, liver and kidney failure, and developmental problems in fetuses.” The Porch Press “To provide high visibility to passing motorists and fend off would-be armed robbers, gas stations are very well lit. This can cause light pollution to the surrounding area and can be a particular nuisance if the station continues to operate late into the night or 24 hours a day, as many stations choose to do.” The Porch Press “Gas stations have large and numerous curb cuts to allow for the easy flow of traffic, but these curb cuts interrupt the sidewalk and create an unpleasant and unsafe environment for pedestrians and bicyclists. This kind of environment discourages walking. [Bicycle Universe] states that walking is 36 times more dangerous than driving in the United States due to the lack of safe places to walk.” The Porch Press “LUST, or leaking underground storage tanks, is an undesirable consequence of having a gas station next door or even down the street, as gasoline or diesel fuel that leaks from these tanks can move great distances below ground and can reside there for decades, also having an impact on those adjacent properties.” The Porch Press “When thousands of gallons of gasoline enter the soil, chemicals travel to groundwater, which the EPA says is the source of drinking water for nearly half the U.S. If buying a home, consider its potential loss in value if a nearby underground storage tank were to leak. Gasoline additives such as methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE), which has been outlawed in some states, make the water undrinkable—and that is only one of 150 chemicals in gasoline. Repeated high exposure to gasoline, whether in liquid or vapor form, can cause lung, brain and kidney damage, according to the NIH’s National Library of Medicine.” Scientific American

Emily L
12 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to City of Lacey

Reject Gas Station in Campus Meadows

Say NO to Gas Station Convenience Store at: Willamette Blvd NE and Campus Glen NE! Proposed Location What? The community of Meridian Campus is opposing the proposed installation of a gas station across the street from Meridian Campus Park at the corner of Willamette and Campus Glen. This opposition is due to the negative impacts a gas station will have on the Campus Meridian neighborhood. Why? Campus Meridian is home to a diverse group of residents ranging from first time home buyers with small children, to families who have settled for retirement. Among grassroots efforts, we have collected and compiled a list of valid concerns from residents listed below: Increased concern for pedestrian safety on an already very busy street (specifically school aged children) Negative heath impacts caused by toxic fume inhalation for residents and park attendees within 500 feet from gas pumps. In Violation of Washington State Legislature INHALING TOXIC FUMES 9.47A.010 9.47A.010. Specifically Campus Pointe, Campus Meadows and Campus Glen neighborhoods due to proximity (reference 3) Environmental impact (groundwater, run off, emissions) (reference 2) Light and sound pollution associated with gas stations adding to current operational sound and light pollution from industrial parks Operation hours associated with a business of this nature The undoing of the collaborative efforts MCROA Board and City of Lacey officials have applied to reducing semi-truck traffic off  primarily residential streets Resource for encampments. Particularly considering the recent  history of encampments in the forested areas surrounding  Negative impact on home values (present and future) Esthetics of the neighborhood (homeowners pay into HOA and adhere to specific rules to maintain properties) Proximity to the William Ives Trail Solution Proposal to work with the City of Lacey to set limitations to the nature of any commercial entity placed on the lot zoned for Neighborhood Commercial (NC). Specifically to ensure the health and safety of Meridian Campus residents and visitors.  The community would like to take advantage of an opportunity to enrich the neighborhood. However, a gas station is not the right choice. RESOURCES: Is It Safe to Live Near a Gas Station? Scientists Point to Numerous Health Hazards Gas Stations Pollutions  Hydrocarbon Release During Fuel Storage and Transfer at Gas Stations: Environmental and Health Effects Exposure to Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether and Benzene in Close Proximity to Service Stations Washington State Legislature toxic fume definition 9.47A.010 Acute childhood leukaemia and residence next to petrol stations and automotive repair garages: the ESCALE study (SFCE)  

Megan Segura
416 supporters
This petition won 9 months ago

Petition to Beth Novak-Krebs, Eden Prairie Planning Commission, Eden Prairie City Council, Ron Case, Julie Klima, Carlie Kotyza-Witthuhn

Stop the Development of a 24-hour Gas Station in a Residential Eden Prairie Community.

A commercial developer and its business partners are planning to build a 24-hour Holiday Gas Station and Service Center extremely close to hundreds of residential owners of both single-family homes and townhomes, as well as a local daycare center and senior living community. Hundreds of these properties are within 500 feet, and some would be as close as 70 feet. A gas station and service center at this location would be extremely harmful to the health and wellbeing of thousands of Eden Prairie residents in the area. There are several significant issues at play:  1. Traffic volume and congestion Pre-pandemic, traffic on Pioneer Trail and Hennepin Town Road was extremely congested, backing up by 30+ cars each way during peak commute times, and taking 15+ minutes to travel one mile. For anyone who lives in our neighborhood, you know that Hennepin Town Road is already used as a bypass for 169 traffic jams, which occurred daily. I know this because my own commute forced me to drive it thousands of times in the past six years. Any statements that this will not increase traffic volume, congestion or other risks are simply untrue and not supported by any research. The station will bring a high volume of non-resident commuters into our neighborhood and it will increase walking and other risks.  Based on standard measurement approaches such as the ITE Trip Generation manual, each gas station station pump generates up to 130 trips per day. In addition, each 1,000 square feet of a convenience store produces up to 1,200 trips per day. Based on those measures, this 5,200 square foot gas station with eight pumps would generate up to 7,000 trips per based on national averages. Yet the developer’s traffic study predicts a total of just 3,489 daily trips, or less than half of what is expected for similar developments. Revisiting the assumptions made in the developer’s traffic study is a reason to deny or postpone this development until more can be learned. Even with the developer’s numbers, their report still acknowledges this will amplify existing traffic issues. Their proposed solution is to create a second entrance on Breezy Way that will drive Hennepin congestion into the townhome’s access road. Today that road is used solely for those residents. Turning a dead-end residential street into a through-road will significantly increase traffic volumes, speeds, and the risks that come with it. I did not find the traffic assessment addressed any impacts on the Breezy Way entrance. This is another reason to deny or postpone this development until more is learned.  The city’s own planners also admit this development will create issues in the coming years, yet they’ll leave it to the owner to be responsible for “improvements” – including a ¾ turn and blinking yellow light. That isn’t enough and our local residents 100% agree. Again, we’re dealing with a potential owner who is already willing to put a 24-hour gas station in a high density residential community; relying on his sense of responsibility to the neighborhood and environment is a dubious venture at best. For a neighborhood with young f families and many active walkers and runners, Hennepin Town is already dangerous with no protected crosswalks before the intersection, including the Kinderberry Hill Daycare and Walgreens. 2. Decreased property values Many national studies underscore gas stations decrease property values. The Planning Commission only needs to do a Google search to find those studies. Ask any realtor -- most home buyers who spend between $400K - $750K for a property will not choose to buy within 500 feet of a gas station. According to Zillow, the vast majority of realtors surveyed said an increase in robberies, accidents, traffic, and environmental issues will decrease property value. And in real estate, perception is reality. If a property value study hasn’t been completed, that’s a reason to deny or postpone this development until more is learned.  The decreased value directly correlates to the distance from the station – those properties closest feel the most pain. And with this proposal, we’d have some very unfortunate neighbors and children forced to live not 500 feet away but 70 feet from a gas station. That's barely a stone's throw away.  It will bring people in and out of this intersection at all hours, have people hanging out at the property, including non-resident commuters. Let’s be clear – 24-hour stations are proven to increase crime in local neighborhoods. Yet, I'm not aware of a study done by the city on increased crime rates related to this development and other 24-hour gas stations in Eden Prairie. If not, that’s a reason to postpone this development to learn more. And if a leak happens? In an EPA-sponsored focus group, all participants felt leaks would render a property unsellable. Several referred to “stigma” that could take years to decades for affected properties to fully recover value. You could only imagine what a leak, on top of everything else that comes with a 24-hour gas station, would do to residential property values.  3. Increased environmental risks (see my recent update for research) They're going to bury massive underground gas and oil tanks near sewage and drainage pipes. There will be a dozen idling vehicles at any given time, including large gasoline and diesel trucks. The service center will spill petroleum-based products. The car wash will rinse chemicals into drainage areas. While the city has guidelines, the fact remains that putting this type of 24-hour gas station into a highly residential area increases the risk of pollution, contamination and jeopardizes our health and safety in myriad ways.  Increased light and sound pollution, particularly for 100+ families within 500 feet, is undeniable. This is especially true for the townhome owners, some who paid upwards of $500K for their homes. They would live directly above a late hour gas station – with all the light, sound, and fumes that come with it. I can't even imagine being forced to live within 70 feet -- as some townhome owners would experience -- of this type of development.  Studies have shown drastically increased occurrences of acute childhood leukemia when living or going to school near a gas station. We have a daycare with hundreds of young children in close proximity. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recommended screening school sites for potential health risks when located within 1,000 feet of a gas station. This hasn’t happened to date. That is a reason to postpone this vote until more is learned. Gas stations release benzene and other cancer-causing vapors into the atmosphere from storage tank vents and while gas is being dispensed at the pump. Ground-level ozone emissions will spike due to gasoline fumes, which will be significantly higher in that 500 foot area than today.  In addition, residents are at risk of contamination from gas spilled at the pump, which numerous major studies underscore. It’s not just the subsurface pollution – it’s light, sounds, vapors, and everyday spills all of us make at the pump. Those spills don't just evaporate, they infiltrate the cement pavement and have been proven to end up in ground water, wetlands, and other pubic drainage systems.  At minimum, this project needs a full environmental assessment before anything moves forward. Not doing so is to lead with ignorance and a complete disregard for our local community. This hasn’t happened to date and is a reason to postpone this vote until more is learned. 4. It is completely unnecessary as there are multiple other gas station and service options within a 1.6 mile radius -- many with easier on/offs. A new gas station here adds no value to our local community. Our community will gain nothing from this development. Even the developer/partners admit there are many existing competitors, and none of them are nested within a residential community. Nothing about this development enhances our quality of life. The partners are more concerned with the potential for profits than our wellbeing. To date, the developer and business partners have not responded to any of the above concerns. Yet, they tell us this will "enhance" our community… but we've yet to hear exactly how. We don’t mind a commercial development that truly enhances our community but no one in the immediate area wants or needs a 24-hour gas station and service center. We have a convenience store in Walgreens in walking distance. We have two different gas stations and four service centers within a three-minute drive. We do not need or want this business in our neighborhood.  The Eden Prairie Planning Commission and City Council need to be accountable to the thousands of residents and homeowners who will be negatively impacted by this development. Yet, a senior planning official informed me (on 5/21) that they will recommend the city move forward. And in doing so, they'll put one company’s profits above the best interests of its longstanding, tax paying residents. Jay Stankiewiczjaystank33@gmail.com

Jay Stankiewicz
550 supporters