Downtown LR Gas Station Sparks Controversy

LITTLE ROCK, AR -- A proposal to build a 24-hour gas station in downtown Little Rock is creating some controversy.

Opponents point to huge public investments being put into places like the Robinson Center and other public buildings in downtown saying a 24 hour gas station just doesn't fit in.

The proposed location of the MapCo gas station and convenience store is a closed down bank building at the northwest corner of Broadway and 3rd Street.
Despite objections from Little Rock city staffers, the proposal was approved by the city's planning commission.
Opponents say it would add even more vehicles and pedestrians at an intersection that's already dangerous.

Count Sharon Priest, former Little Rock mayor and current president of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership, among the opponents.
She worries single-serve alcohol sales at a 24-hour store will lead loitering and public intoxication complaints.
An online petition urging against the proposal is closing in on 250 supporters.

A decision will come down to a vote of the Little Rock Board of Director set for June 17th.

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