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Neighbors torn over QuikTrip expansion that would mean losing homes

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

People in a south Kansas City neighborhood are fighting to keep some homes instead of giving them up to a local gas station.

The dispute over land is happening near 103rd and Wornall Road, just north of Interstate 435.

The 20-year-old QuikTrip convenience store at the busy intersection is looking for more space, but homeowners behind it say they don't approve.

"I feel like it's a rubberstamp and we don't have a choice," Gail Stevens said.

Stevens' home could become QuikTrip's backyard if Kansas City, MO's city council approves the gas station's expansion plan.

"Just the loss in property value, we're just so devastated," she said.

Realtor and neighbor Gary Nelson estimates a 30 percent loss.

"Right now QuikTrip is right over here, but next time it will be right even with the front of the houses, the back parking lot will be," he said.

QuikTrip and the owners of the two homes directly behind it have agreed to a sale. The proposal, already approved by the group of citizens that make up the planning and zoning commission, would expand the convenience store by nearly 2,000-square-feet, right up to Washington Street.

“I think it's a good move by QuikTrip. They're doing it all over. It's going to be a nice facility," Mary Harding said.

Harding was renting to own one of the homes that will be demolished. Though it's unclear whether she'll get paid in the future for moving out, she still supports the convenience store's plans.

"It's going to be beautiful and I would think that they would rather look at a nice fence than have all this animosity going on," she said.

QuikTrip calls itself a good corporate neighbor and told KCTV5 it always presents its plans to neighbors and tries its best to take their concerns into account when planning.

"I'm going to say the devil can come with a pretty face. It depends on how you look at it," Nelson said.

Homeowners protested at the busy intersection on Wednesday.

The planning and zoning commission recommended the plan to the city council, however the planning and zoning committee still needs to approve it. If approved, it will be sent to the full city council for a final approval.

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