Proposed Gas Station Has Neighbors Asking Questions

The possibility of a new gas station in one Omaha shopping center has neighbors voicing concerns. But there is still a lot of work to be done before the project gets underway.

Hy-Vee would like to put one of their own gas stations next to their store at 78th and Cass, on a piece of land they already own on southwest corner of their property, right off of 83rd Street.

Liz Hier has lived across 83rd St. from Hy-Vee for seven years and likes the convenience.

“I love it. Because when it snows I can just walk. I don't have to worry about driving. And I love Hy-Vee anyway,” said Hier.

She likes the idea of the new gas station, which would be even closer than the store itself.

“My first reaction was I was a little concerned,” she said. “But then after thinking about it, I'm kind of looking forward to it.”

But more businesses in the area means more traffic.

The city recently took out the traffic light at 83rd and Cass because they said there wasn't enough traffic to justify it. But the management at Big Red Keno, which is in the same shopping complex with Hy-Vee, is concerned that if the gas station goes in, the city is going to have to rethink their decision to remove that traffic light.

Bill Harvey with Big Red Keno says they support the Hy-Vee gas station project. But he wonders what the city will do to accommodate the increase in traffic.

So far there seems to be few environmental concerns. The main store sits next to the Little Papillion Creek. But the gas station would be more than 100 yards away from the creek on the other side of the store's parking lot.

Representatives from the Hy-Vee corporate office met with neighbors a few weeks ago to discuss the project. But at this point no formal plans have been submitted to the city.

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