Concern over possible Little Rock hotel, 24-hour gas station

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)-- A large plot of land in midtown Little Rock is drawing controversy.

The parcel is at the corner of 12th street and University and could be home to a new 24/hour gas station and hotel.

Back in June the city's planning commission voted 9 to 1 to approve the plan, but residents in the area aren't on the same page saying the development would be a hindrance.

"When you're talking about increased traffic congestion, just making a left turn out of our street is going to be impossible," said 35-year resident Pam Powell.

Powell has lived on the Arthur Drive, which neighbors the empty plot, since 1979. She says the area has always been quiet, but this could change that.

"You're talking about something that's going to be open 24-hours a day right next to a neighborhood," Powell continued. "If you have twenty-four hour noise distraction how can you sleep?"

The hotel would span four stories and the gas station would have ten pumps and 18 park spots.

On August 4th the plan will be presented to the city board of directors for approval, who have not indicated their stance on the issue yet.

Neighbors in the community next to the land added they do not have ill-will towards the city, but do wish they considered every open plot of land in the city before making a decision.


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