The 7-Eleven gas station being built on Northfield Blvd. between Willow and Xanthia Streets is dangerously close to new homes being constructed. Due to the gas station, my wife and I have decided to terminate our builder contract. The builder was more than fair regarding the issue, but we have decided to move on.
I understand and respect the rationale behind Forest City’s decision to contract a parcel along Northfield Blvd. to a 7-Eleven franchise. I get the neighborhood needs a gas station and people like convenience. I get why this makes sense in many respects for the 7-Eleven franchisee and in meeting some kind of need of the neighborhood, but let’s be real for just a second…
It’s still a 7-Eleven—a store with extended, or worse, overnight, hours that sells gas, tobacco products, soda, junk food, lottery tickets and potentially malt beverage/beer.
No matter how it’s designed, what it looks like, how it’s landscaped, or how well it’s maintained, it’s still a very close-by center of attraction that could be an unwelcome and unsafe environment for families like us wanting to raise kids nearby.
I really hope the Forest City team understands that. I hope they understand that it might not be what the Conservatory Green residential neighborhood wants that close to their homes, whether they are within sight of a gas pump or not.
I understand Forest City has a tough job, and it’s nearly impossible to please everyone. My issue is the 7-Eleven’s very close proximity to single family homes that people are staking their futures on in one way or another.
Did Forest City ever conduct a traffic study prior to contracting the space to truly understand how this kind of business would affect traffic patterns in that proximity to a residential area?
Is this a “green” business that fits within the mission statement that is marketed to potential residents up there?
How will this ultimately affect property values or the perceived value and appeal of the neighborhood?
Needless to say, my wife and I have had a ton of questions. We went from tremendously excited as they started to frame our new house to absolutely crushed in a matter of hours as we confirmed the news.
Ultimately, we’re sad to leave Stapleton, a great neighborhood that we’ve called home for the past nearly 6 years, but putting a gas station at that particular spot along Northfield with the general perceived disconnect with Forest City and the residents recently was a deal breaker for us.