Talk about a new gas station causing a stir in area neighborhood

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- You love them when you're out of gas, but apparently not always when it's in your neighborhood.

"I'm not sure Southwest Trafficway is built for somebody who is reaching speeds of 45 mph to take a hard right into a gas station," said Joseph Peaks, who lives in the neighborhood.

Many neighborhood residents are concerned about QuikTrips' proposal to build a gas station on Southwest Trafficway between 33rd and 34th street.

"That would be my major concern, is QuikTrip tends to think more about their business and less about how people get to them, and I think that would be the concern of our neighborhood," Peaks added.

Peaks has lived in the area for almost three years, he says he's worried people will come down his street and other smaller streets that aren't built for heavy traffic to avoid potential traffic on Southwest Trafficway, caused by another busy gas station.

"We've had some incidents when people use this as a quick way to get to and fro, we've had some wrecks here," Peaks said.

On the other hand, some residents understand the concern, but think a neighborhood gas station could make life easier.

"I think it would be really convenient to have, but I do think it would cause a lot of traffic backup," said another area resident, Ashley Edmonsond. "It's nice to have one so close, because there's a Shell just down the street, and it would be kind of convenient to have something even a little closer," Edmonsond added.

QuikTrip spokesman Mike Thornbrugh told FOX 4 in a statement:

"QT has signed a contract for the vacant property. At this point, QuikTrip has not submitted any plans for approval by the governing body. QuikTrip will always use due diligence on any project. We meet with area businesses and residents to discuss our plans, actively seeking their suggestions and input. We have found that by conducting these meetings, QuikTrip will have the opportunity to discuss any concerns and dispel any inaccurate information."

"I doubt that that's really their concern, again, I'm sure they just want to put in another QuikTrip," added Peaks.

Thornbrugh says nothing is official yet. Before anything is submitted for consideration, he said they will discuss plans fully with area businesses and residents.

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  • Account13

    Peaks- quite the overarching blanket statements assigning intent or lack there-of to an entire company or it’s executives/planners. Really discounts any validity of his opinion, when he uses such tactics. Sounds like Joe likes to hear Joe talk and is only interested in Joe’s opinion. To the point of basically calling QT a liar- that their statement wasn’t what they were intending (how would he know?) or going to do. I am no QT cheerleader, nor do I have any ties to them. But…some people’s self importance is just a bit to strong for reality.