Vote scheduled for Circle K expansion in downtown Phoenix

PHOENIX - Phoenix City Council will vote Wednesday whether to approve a use permit by Circle K to sell liquor at their proposed new station at 7th Street and Roosevelt Avenue in downtown Phoenix.
 
The vote could determine whether Circle K will go forward with plans to build a new 12-pump station at the intersection across the street from their current store.
 
Garfield Neighborhood residents are battling the plan claiming the new store will increase crime and that Circle K has already proven itself to be a bad neighbor.
 
An ASU study indicates that Circle K is tied to more crime than other convenience stores.
 
Circle K representatives have filed information with the city to indicate that the newer stores with more lighting and security would actually help cut down on crime.
 
Last year, Circle K scrapped similar plans after complaints by neighbors.
 
This time the store is not seeking to sell hard liquor.
 
The concerns by residents this time could be problematic. Council agenda shows that staff recommendation council to disapprove the permit based on neighborhood concerns that are unresolved.
 
It is unclear whether Circle K would continue with plans for the station without the liquor permit.
 
The vote takes place at 3 p.m. at Phoenix City Hall.

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