PHOENIX - Neighbors want to shut it down, but Circle K is picking the fight back up to expand one of its downtown Phoenix gas stations.
The company wants to move its gas station at 7th street and Roosevelt across the street to a much larger lot ,which is currently empty.
Neighbors in the Garfield historic district made a big fuss over the expansion last year, especially over the sale of hard alcohol, and the plans were dropped.
Now Circle K is back saying its sized-down the original layout plan with two fewer gas pumps than its first proposed. It will also add more landscaping and won't sell hard alcohol.
Garfield neighborhood organization president, Dana Johnson, believes Circle K already attracts more crime than other gas stations in town.
"They've been a problem property, all riddled with crime," she said.
He doesn't love the idea of a corporate business moving into the neighborhood in the first place, as the Roosevelt Arts district has tried to sway more in favor of locally owned businesses in recent years. And he says fellow neighbors think a bigger gas station will bring more traffic to an area striving to be pedestrian friendly. But the real beef is with the Circle K organization.
At a community meeting Tuesday night one neighbor stood up to described the problem he sees daily at the gas station already sitting at 7th and Roosevelt.
"Trash, all over the place" he said, "People peeing out there, loitering"
Brian Banasek recently Opened Bubba Phatz BBQ on Roosevelt and said change is what the Arts District is all about.
"Five years ago I don't think anyone would come down here, now it's totally changed," said Banasek.
He agrees something has to happen with the empty lot as well as the gas station.
"It's really run down," he said.
As long as hard alcohol isn't sold at the new Circle K he's okay with the move.
"The designs I've seen, aesthetically do look nice."
Circle L reps declined an interview with ABC 15 to address the concerns. Moving forward, the gas station wouldn't sell hard liquor, but would still have beer and wine. There's a hearing to zone the new lot for liquor sales Thursday, October 31st 1:30pm at Phoenix City Hall.
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