NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A proposed gas station on North Hills in North Little Rock is raising neighborhood concerns.
Several property owners worry it will be another magnet for crime. Neighbors in the Lakewood area are joining together to keep a gas station out of their area. Right now it's in the hands of the planning commission.
"I didn't feel good about it," said Brooke Palmquist.
Palmquist has lived in the area for two and a half years and enjoys the view from her back deck.
"Like a tree house," she said.
She thinks building a gas station and mini-mart in a residential area is a bad idea.
"Studies have shown that a convenience store in a residential area isn't a good idea. They bring crime and riff raff," she said.
The owner of the land where the gas station would be built has requested that the property be rezoned for commercial use. Nathan Hamilton, Director of Communications for the city of North Little Rock said this is proper procedure.
“Everybody has a right to bring, to apply to have property to be rezoned and that's what this applicant has done," he said.
The owner of the property is the chairman of the North Little Rock Planning Commission, but Hamilton said he will play no part in their recommendation to the city.
"It was never a question, he has always intended to recuse himself, so that's not an issue here," Hamilton said.
Neighbors like Palmquist fear the gas station would lower property values in the area.
"I grew up in North Little Rock, in a different part and always dreamed of being able of having a piece of property in this area and now I got my dream and I'm getting a gas station across the street," Palmquist said.
The planning commission will hold a public hearing July 11 at 4 p.m. to allow residents to come and voice their concerns or support.
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