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Pro QuikTrip Flyer Hits Maplewood Mailboxes, Heats Up Conversation

As a group gathers signatures to stop the QuikTrip move, the Maplewood Chamber of Commerce mails a pro-move flier to residents.

The Maplewood Chamber of Commerce has taken the QuikTrip relocation, OK'd by city council, but contested by some, to the residents.

A group of residents opposed to the move are collecting signatures to force a referendum, and are about a week and a half into a 30-day deadline to gather more than a thousand certified signatures.

Some Maplewood residents, including Mayor James White and former mayor Andy Hummert have gone on the offensive, and spoken in favor of the relocation in a chamber-sponsored flyer that many residents received in the mail on Wednesday.

Wednesday's mailing brought comments from both sides on Maplewood-Brentwood Patch Facebook. Here are some of the first, in the order they came in. You may add your own comment here or on the Facebook page.

I love it. My favorite thing from the Christmas walk was the look on the ladies face who asked me to sign the petition and I told her "no way!"

QT!!!

We had two lovely people come by our house and ask us to sign the petition - my husband and I gladly did so. I think that adding another business to that already busy intersection is a bad idea, and at the very least, I think that we should get the chance to vote on it. I don't want a giant gas station in my backyard.

Katie, that new location would be a great distance futher from anyone's back yard than it is right now. So if a business shoulldn't go there, please enlighten us as to what should...

Thats exactly what I was going to asking Bart. Good question!

That intersection is already busy enough and with the middle/high school right there it would be TOO busy. Safety for the kids first. Just my opinion.

I'd just rather have a Dunkin' Donuts!:) Or at least something that doesn't already exist 1/4 mile down the road...

Also on Patch:

  • Maplewood Mayor: School Board Made it Clear QT Discussion Was Over
Michelle Seymour December 13, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Why doesn't anyone care about how incredibly ugly and cheap looking a giant Quik Trip on one of our main corners would look? This isn't St. Charles. We live here because we don't want to live in an area that looks that way and thinks that way. If we continue to cheapen our beautiful town then we all lose. Home values go down, which means taxes will be lowered which means our amazing school district loses and we ALL lose if that happens. Our mayor obviously only sees the short term viewpoint. This saddens me.
DB December 13, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Exactly. That corner already is starting to look like every other corner in Suburbia, USA - what, with the Jack In The Box, CVS, and White Castle...adding a gas station is not only going to add more traffic to this intersection, but will be an eyesore!
mormit December 13, 2012 at 01:41 PM
That is a bad location for a gas station. How can Northbound traffic use it in the morning? Thankfully, they plan to block off Martini so cut through traffic can't cut across the middle/high school parking lot but sheesh. You will have two entrances onto congested Big Bend and what is now the entrance to Martini on Manchester and that's it.
Nicholas Frisella December 13, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Anyone wanting to get involved and help with referendum efforts should email tpowell63143@gmail.com for more information.
Luke Havel December 13, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Doug Miner, can you confirm whether or not MRH School District or the opposition groups have had a study conducted and presented to the Council supporting their opinion that the intersection will become more dangerous?
Luke Havel December 13, 2012 at 02:47 PM
I agree with the short term viewpoint and cheap building comments. There should be more attempt from Council/Mayor to preserve the character of Maplewood. Out CVS is convenient but the site layout and design are awful. If this gas station goes in, I hope they push QT to try something a little more unique. I emailed my councilman some suggestions, but I doubt QT moves from their current design.
Gary K Lee December 15, 2012 at 07:35 AM
Maybe one problem is that the cash registers would ring too loudly. What if Quik Trip is turned down and decides to move out of Maplewood? If we were thinking about aesthetics of that corner, action should have been taken long ago. None of the buildings on any of the corners are the original buildings on the site.
mormit December 15, 2012 at 01:33 PM
QT isn't moving anywhere. Name a location within a mile where QT can move to. If they move out of Maplewood, they give up their customer base and leave an opening for the competition. Gas stations are a dime a dozen. Hucks or BP will eat their lunch if QT leaves.
TP December 17, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Luke - There have been a lot of steps to the process, but I'll try to summarize enough to fit in this space. QT submitted the original traffic study, but that study did not take into account the effect CVS would have on traffic so it was not as complete as it should have been. The school district hired a firm to do an assessment of the data from the original study and answer specific questions they had. The results of that assessment said that the original study under-estimated the increase to traffic by about 1/3. It also pointed out some significant issues with Martini which is what turned the focus of discussions more to Martini than Manchester/Big Bend. All this information was taken to the Council and Mayor along with compromises the experts and the District thought would improve safety like 1) Close Northbound Martini, 2) Make Manchester/Martini right-in/right-out only and 3) include a "porkchop" in that intersection which is a little raised concrete island that gives pedstrians a safe zone in the intersection to help navigate heavy traffic. Instead of working through a compromise, the Council started closing streets and deciding to build new ones without a SINGLE traffic study, safety assessment or discussion with any neighborhood stakeholder regarding those plans. So short answer is Yes, a study was done and presented, but the Mayor and Council acted against the advice and made up their own plan without consultation.
TP December 17, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Yes, blocking Martini keeps traffic from accessing the school property, but because the City is closing Martini completely, they have taken away the school bus access to Southbound Martini. The other streets in the neighborhood are too narrow for a school bus to navigate and the corners too sharp for a bus to turn.
mormit December 19, 2012 at 01:48 AM
A well written letter from the MRH School District hit mailboxes today. It would be informative to see the full content of both the district's letter and pro-move flyer side by side on Patch for comparison. The pro-move flyer appears to have been written by a part-time staffer from the Weekly World News. It was all hyperbole and baseless claims. The district's letter is well reasoned and gives a balanced picture to include items in the proposal that went in the district's favor, those that QT did not budge on, and items of concern that were added by Maplewood City Council with no impact assessment.
Doug Miner December 19, 2012 at 02:05 AM
The MRH-written letter didn't get to me, on Marietta. BTW, there will be a pro-QT move Letter to the Editor from Ward 3 Councilman Barry Greenberg in Patch tomorrow.
Gary K Lee December 19, 2012 at 03:18 AM
What did he say? I must have missed the antagonism.
mormit December 19, 2012 at 04:24 AM
Gary, He speculated that the MRH School Board had some "ulterior motives" for opposing the move. He made this claim at the final council meeting and it was quoted in the flyer. It was unprofessional, petty, and baseless. I would point out that the school board has had clearly defined points of concern. Most were not met. New problems have been added with the council's recent modifications to the plan.
Gary K Lee December 19, 2012 at 04:42 AM
Thanks, mormit.
Doug Miner December 19, 2012 at 05:18 AM
Brian Adkisson, from MRH, sent me the letter from the district. I'll post it tomorrow.

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