LITTLE ROCK, AR – Members of the Little Rock city board will likely rescind a vote Tuesday night to build a gas station in part of the city.
On August 5, the board originally approved to have a Murphy’s USA Super-Station built on the corner of 12th and University Avenue, but people who lived in the neighborhood expressed their opposition to the station, which caused a board member to change his mind.
Dean Kumpuris will make a motion to rescind his vote on Tuesday at the meeting.
Some residents expressed that a gas station would bring too much traffic and potential crime to the area.
The board will likely bring the vote back for two months to have a study look into how the gas station would or would not fit into the neighborhood. If the study supports that it would fit, the station could still be built.
Board member Joan Adcock told KARK 4’s Leah Uko she was completely against having a station built. In her statement, Adcock stated:
“I’m glad that we’re going to be bringing it back and doing the study but I am still a firm no to this item.”
Residents Pamela Powell, Arma Hart and Sandra McFadden with the University Park Neighborhood Association feared if another station was put in their neighborhood, crime would make its way to their street.
“I could see police chasing suspects because they would just go directly to our neighborhood,” Powell said.
Powell, Hart and McFadden agreed that an education center or retail stores would be better options to fill the vacant land. The said they would suggest to the city to bring businesses to the corner that would contribute to the neighborhood.