Overland Park residents may soon have another place to stop for gas.
The Overland Park City Council approved a rezoning request for a new QuikTrip at Monday’s meeting.
The store will be built on a roughly 2-acre tract near the southwest corner of College Boulevard and Antioch Road. The plan calls for the site to have 59 parking spaces and eight gas dispensers.
The property is currently part of the Shannon Valley Shopping Center. The multi-tenant building that previously occupied the space was recently torn down.
The Overland Park Planning Commission voted in favor of the development in December on an 8-3 vote. Staff liason Leslie Karr said the votes against it were partly due to concerns about traffic impacts.
Karr said the only potential impact staff expect is on left turns eastbound out of the shopping center.
“The increase is minimal, especially when we consider pass-by traffic, which would be people already on the street who decide to stop at the convenience store as part of their already planned trips,” she said. “We’re not anticipating any impact to the surrounding street network, which can handle the additional traffic.”
In discussion, councilmembers raised points about traffic congestion and whether there would be room for larger trucks to enter, as well as air pollution possibly impacting the nearby La Petite Academy daycare.
Residents who live near the shopping center also voiced safety concerns about increased traffic at a neighborhood meeting in December and wondered how well the gas station would fit into the area.
Applicant representative Curt Petersen said the QuikTrip store’s location within the shopping center will not connect it to the nearby neighborhoods and he does not anticipate added traffic in those neighborhoods as a result of it.
He also said project staff have made recent attempts to contact the daycare center’s landlord about the new store, but they have not heard back.
“This will without a doubt reinvigorate the shopping center,” Petersen said. “It’s a great location in the city, but it needs some life injected into it.”
Before voting, several councilmembers expressed enthusiasm about what the new store would do for the shopping center.
“This is an area that I would say is kind of at-risk, and so it needs some redevelopment,” new Ward 6 Councilmember Jeff Cox said. “And here we have a world-class applicant. I’ve never seen an area that a QuikTrip went into that wasn’t improved by it.”
Ward 5 Councilmember Faris Farassati said that while QuikTrip has a lot of “benefits of operation,” the impact of possible air pollution and the proximity to the daycare, for him, outweighed the potential positives of the store.
“I think there could be another project going there which could benefit that area in the same way,” he said. “It doesn’t have to be a gas station, in my humble view.”
The rezoning passed on an 8-2 vote, with Farassati and fellow Ward 5 Councilmember Sam Passer voting against it.