A new school year always brings new changes. This fall is no different.
Earlier this year, local convenience market QuikTrip proposed a change in location. Currently located at 3010 S Big Bend Boulevard, they are hoping to move to the corner of Big Bend Boulevard and Manchester Road with their new “Generation 3” store design. “Gen 3” are a new type of store that is being built in replacement of the old Quiktrips with increased pumps to handle higher volume. This proposition has raised many concerns for the school district, city and parent groups. Brian Adkisson, Maplewood Richmond Heights Communication Director, explains the worries of both the Board of Education and members of the district.
“The Board of Education and the district has been concerned from the beginning for two primary reasons, one being student safety, pedestrian safety, individuals walking in the intersection, and secondly the amount of traffic that will be pushed into Martini drive,” said Adkisson.
QuikTrip Real Estate Manager Alan Renner addressed these concerns.
“I can understand the concern, I think that we have presented facts, but a professional engineering company (Crawford Bunting Brammeier), that is well respected in St. Louis shows that there isn’t going to be anything there that should concern them,” said Renner. Renner explained that QuikTrip has worked with the school district to help solve some the expressed concerns.
“Some of the things that we are doing at the site will actually increase student safety by improved sidewalks, improved visibility at the corner and QT’s willingness to add an additional crossing guard because the school district feels that it is necessary,” said Renner.
However, according to Adkisson, the studies they have seen from QuikTrip show a different story on Martini.
“There will be an increased amount of traffic on Martini, which was originally built as an alley and it isn’t built to accommodate the amount of traffic that could possibly come into this neighborhood. Therefore, from that you will see the possibility of increased accidents,” said Adkisson.
A decision has not yet been made as to whether or not the Quiktrip will be relocated.