QuikTrip case raises hazmat escape concerns

The empty site at the center of this photo is where QuikTrip wants to set up shop. In the foreground is 40th Street and on the left is Cottonwood Way, the only way in and out for Foothills Paseo II, which is in the background. / Photo Tom Sanfilippo / Inside Out Aerial / AFN

By Paul Maryniak |Ahwatukee Foothills News

Amid rising residents’ concerns over a QuikTrip’s proximity to their 185-home Ahwatukee subdivision with only one way in and out, a Phoenix planning department hearing officer last week delayed action on a zoning modification for the proposed gas station at 40th Street and Cottonwood Way.

While the delay of up to 30 days came April 17 because a new site plan had been submitted for the service station, it also was partly related to a request by the Ahwatukee Foothills Village Planning Committee that more time be given for the site owner and the Arizona Department of Transportation to resolve the highway agency’s refusal to give QuikTrip a driveway on 40th Street.

But the delay also has given Foothills Paseo II residents a chance to lobby elected officials about their concerns over the absence of an escape route in the event of a gasoline spill, fire or other hazardous event at the site.


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