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MRH School Board Protests QuikTrip Move

Board of Education President Maria Langston expresses concern over the QT gas station moving from its current spot on Big Bend to the northwest corner of Manchester and Big Bend. This letter to the MRH community went out late Wednesday afternoon.

 

Dear MRH Family:

Over the past decade, the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District has been committed to working with the City of Maplewood to promote business and collaboration within our community.

However, we are deeply concerned about a current project planned by to move their Maplewood location from 3010 Big Bend Boulevard to the northwest corner of Manchester Road and Big Bend Boulevard. A CVS Pharmacy has already been approved for the southeast corner of the intersection.

As you are aware, this area serves as the primary entrance to our and campus. Each day, students, parents, teachers and community residents walk through and travel in this intersection to drop-off and pick-up students, attend school functions, and visit our community neighbors.

The Board of Education has met with representatives from both Quik Trip and the City of Maplewood. As a Board, we are unanimous in our conviction and have conveyed our deep concerns about the addition of a Quik Trip to this already congested intersection. A convenience store and gas station at this location would pose significant safety issues for our students and neighborhood families.

According to the plan provided by Quik Trip, this new location would substantially increase the traffic flow in the area. Much of this traffic would be routed along Martini Drive, dramatically increasing the chance for accidents with our students and residents who walk within our neighborhood everyday.

The increased vehicular traffic would congest the narrow streets with customers' cars and large delivery trucks. Additionally, we worry about a business adjacent to our school campus that sells alcohol and tobacco products.

We hope you will join our efforts to support and maintain a safe environment for MRH students and families by becoming involved in our endeavor to convince the City of Maplewood this planned relocation of Quik Trip is ill-advised.

If you would like to receive further updates on this proposed plan, including planning, zoning and city council meetings, please contact the school district's director of communications, Brian Adkisson, at (314) 446-1707 or b.adkisson@mrhsd.k12.mo.us.

We must come together to ensure our school campuses and neighborhoods are safe for everyone.

TP March 29, 2012 at 02:29 PM
QT is a great place to buy gas and grab a gallon of milk or my favorite sweet tea. HOWEVER, adding the tremendous amount of traffic QT attracts to that intersection is unsafe for our student pedestrians and irresponsible. That intersection is already dangerous - especially in the mornings when our kids are walking to school. It's too much for the area to handle safely. We have had too many near misses adn instances where kids are "bumped" by cars trying to beat the light or ignoring the poor crossing guard who takes her life in her hands every time she comes to work. My kids and their friends walk past the current QT now and they have learned to give it a wide berth because too many morning drivers are unfocused, inattentive and more concerned with their cell phones and hot coffee than they are the kids walking to shcool. Adding the heavy traffic at Big Bend and Manchester will multiply the danger tenfold - at least. It is simply irresponsible to even consider it.
Dave Patterson March 29, 2012 at 02:42 PM
QT is a great corporate citizen! They've paid huge money in taxes to the MRH School District. And this is the thanks they get? Let them move forward with the project. They'll bring Maplewood into the new century.
TP March 29, 2012 at 03:15 PM
I love QT. I give them a trmendous amount of business. But I don't need my kids getting hit by a beer truck trying to get to school. it's too much traffic for that intersection. The city is already allowing a CVS at the opposite corner. BTW - MRH schools get a small piece of the property tax money - Sales tax goes to the Statewide system for distribution across Missouri. So yes, QT is a great corporate citizen but MRH schools aren't the primary beneficiary. I just don't think we need every high traffic business that wants to be in Maplewood at the same intersection. Where do you think the cars that need to go North or East after their purchase are going to go? They can't get to a light easily (unlike QT's current location) so they are going to cut through the small neighborhood streets where our busses load and unload and even more kids are walking. It's not safe.
Pat Maloney (Wilken) March 29, 2012 at 03:18 PM
I want to know why they want to move a couple of blocks North. They are very busy where they are at, and they have added additional pumps, and made it bigger in the last few years.....so why not stay there. It's not like they are losing any business. If they are across the street from Shell, they would probably put them out of business, and there goes another small business in Maplewood. And all that is in addition to the safety concerns. I too, have seen many problems at school time, with the kids trying to cross that intersection. They need to stay where they are at.
Doug Miner March 29, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Someone mentioned having a problem seeing the poll results. Anyone else?
mormit March 29, 2012 at 05:18 PM
No problem seeing the poll results. Everyone's against it because it is a bad idea. There is simply too much congestion at that intersection. I buy most of my gas at the current QT because I like the store and it at a good location. If QT moves to the NE corner, it will be easier for me to continue a few blocks North and go to Phillips 66.
Roger G March 29, 2012 at 06:26 PM
I think the Board of Education should stick to education.
jesus zimmerman March 29, 2012 at 06:40 PM
and what's to come of quick trips current location? another empty eye sore like the one across the street.
Pat Maloney (Wilken) March 29, 2012 at 06:51 PM
I can see them....
Anne Arias March 30, 2012 at 01:55 PM
We go to QT all the time to buy gas! We don't see the point in moving it. I can't figure out how cars are going to get out of there safely to go southbound or northbound on Big Bend?? Suggestion to MRH: buy the property, raze the building and put in a much needed practice field for our sports teams. With a great fence and landscaping it could be a wonderful entrance to our MS and HS facility and would help to rework that scary entrance onto Martini from Manchester!!
juniper April 01, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Its hard enough getting into and waiting for a pump at the present locale. Why move it? Its gotta be the busiest QT in town. With all the idiots trying to get into white castle putting ANOTHER gas station there seems ridiculous.
Joe April 13, 2012 at 02:18 AM
There's a shell on that corner that has been there for a LONG time and now a CVS maplewood does not need a Quick Trip on that corner there fine right down the street plus you have 711 up the road have many places does one need for soda, chips, gas, ect all in a couple blocks! Plus the building on that corner is a historic building and has been in maplewood a long time, That would mean the loss of the cute little scooter shop (I love seeing them when im at the light and all the employee's at the service station. SAY NO TO QT!!
Pat Maloney (Wilken) April 25, 2012 at 06:31 PM
As a little side note....if you want to go in and see the votes, you can't unless you vote.....even if you already voted, you have to vote again, to see the results.

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