Baxter Village wants the brakes put on new gas station

Baxter Village wants the brakes put on new gas station

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by RICHARD DEVAYNE / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on November 12, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 26 at 1:53 PM

FORT MILL, S.C. -- Hundreds of residents who live in Baxter Village are upset about the proposed sale of land off Sutton road and Highway 160 for a gas station. 

"It's upsetting in a couple of different ways; I think it distracts from the beauty of the neighborhood and it impedes on where the church is," said Kerry Thomas who has lived in Baxter Village for about 18 months. "There's concerns about additional people coming through the neighborhood... we have so many gas stations in the neighborhood, I don't really see the point or the need for an additional one."
 
The owners and developers of the land, Clear Springs LLC, want to sell a parcel to QuikTrip for one of its newest gas stations. But residents say the station will ruin their neighborhood and they want to stop the sale.
 
"I think they're trying to sneak in and pull this thing off without anybody knowing and we're not just going to stand by and let that happen," said Jack Smith who’s lived in the neighborhood for nearly a decade. "I just think it’s going to be a monstrosity we don't want in this neighborhood."
 
Neighbors cite traffic problems, and concerns about people driving through their normally quiet streets. They are also upset because the proposed site is right in front of the Philadelphia United Methodist Church which also has a cemetery in its back portion.
 
 "In my opinion that's hallowed ground and I think it’s a disgrace on the part of Clear Springs and the developer and the family that owns that property." said Smith
 
One person at the Church said that the church wishes it could purchase the site, but couldn't afford a reduced rate from Clear Springs. 
 
"We wish we could buy it," said the woman who didn't want her identity known, "But we don't want that station here."  
 
For its part, a QuikTrip spokesperson said that once the residents find out more about QuikTrip, how they become a part of the community and give back to the neighborhood, "they would welcome the gas station into their community."

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