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Controversy swirls over proposed QT station in St. Louis' Gate Neighborhood

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Some residents who live near a site for a proposed QuikTrip gas station and mart in the Gate District have said they do not want the project to go forward.

A bill has passed the Board of Aldermen allowing the demolition of buildings at the southwest corner of Jefferson and Chouteau so the gas station can be built. The site is on the dividing line between Lafayette Square and the Gate District.  The proposal will only move forward if Mayor Francis Slay signs off on it.

One alderwoman whose ward includes the proposed site said she believes the intersection where the gas station would sit is dangerous and has been the location of numerous accidents.

“I think it is a dangerous location because of the intersection,” said 6th Ward Alderwoman Ollie Stewart.

Stewart is in agreement with residents who are urging Slay to veto the plan. Stewart also said there is not a need for another gas station because there are several existing stations nearby.

“We have three gas stations that are not even a half mile apart,” said Stewart.

The other alderwoman for the neighborhood disagrees with Stewart. Christine Ingrassia sponsored the legislation to give QT the rights to land and said all the buildings being torn down are not historic.

Residents in the Gate District East Association said they met to discuss the plan and the vast majority of residents approved it either in person or in an online survey, but their approval had some conditions attached.

“The stipulations that they put on QT was that they have police there for security and that they will not sell hard liquor,” said Henry Gray with the Gate District East Association.

A petition aimed at stopping the project was sent to the mayor's office with 760 signatures asking him to veto the plan.

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