After learning of their plans, the nearby residents and homeowners quickly raised serious questions about the merits of this proposal. Some of the key issues raised included:
1. Loss of housing lots/homes (These plans propose turning residential lots into commercial lots)2. The precedent this sets for expanding commercial districts into residential neighborhoods, and the continued loss of local housing inventory.3. Traffic safety at an already dangerous intersection4. Increased commercial traffic through residential communities5. Gas station litter 6. Light pollution to the adjacent properties and those living across the street7. Lack of Need (there are multiple gas stations and convenience stores across the street and down the block)8. Danger of adding increased pedestrian traffic to an already difficult road crossing.
The BP representatives introduced this proposal two days before Thanksgiving, during the winter holidays, when many people are out of town and not paying attention to the local news. The BP representatives did not reach out to anyone in the neighborhood about their expansion plans prior their planning commission request. Please join our coalition, and let the planning commission know you would like to save and protect the residential status of E. Eighth Street.
The Residents of 8th/Munson Ave neighborhoods Traverse City, MI
* This petition is for all TC residents