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7-Eleven Kills Plans To Build Gas Station At Montrose And Kimball

Neighbors opposed the idea of adding gas pumps outside the existing Albany Park 7-Eleven.

Rendering of what the new 7-Eleven would look like.
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ALBANY PARK — The 7-Eleven at the corner of Montrose and Kimball avenues won’t be getting gas pumps after neighbors opposed the idea.

Representatives from 7-Eleven withdrew their request to the city’s zoning board to add four double-sided gas pumps in its parking lot at 4346 N. Kimball Ave.

The company withdrew its application Friday due to “community concerns,” according to Billy Drew, legislative and policy director for Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th).

When the plans were made public in September, neighbors were not happy and began circulating a petition against the proposed gas station. 

Their concerns included increased traffic and environmental risks. Neighbors also questioned the need for another gas station in an area with so many others a short drive away. 

RELATED: Albany Park Neighbors Say No To Plans For 7-Eleven Gas Station, And Aldermen Agree

During a September meeting with representatives from 7-Eleven and neighbors, both Alds. Rossana Rodriguez (33rd) and Rosa opposed the plan.

The proposal also included the property getting an overall facelift that included new landscaping, a renovated store, added security cameras, a public bathroom, new fencing and lighting.

At that September meeting a representative with 7-Eleven said those other upgrades would require the gas station addition to be “economically viable.”

Messages left with 7-Eleven were not immediately returned.

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