A handful of residents of the neighborhood around the Chinoe Village shopping center held a sidewalk protest Monday to voice opposition to Kroger's plans to build a gas station in the parking lot in front of its store there.
"I'm concerned, obviously, about the environmental hazard," said Jennie Willson, who lives across Chinoe Road from the shopping center. "We live too close. That's not what we need right here."
The residents, who carried signs with messages including "Shame on Kroger," said they're concerned about an increase in traffic, noise and light pollution, and crime from the gas station, and they have said they fear it will lower their property values.
"The gas station's a way to lure more customers in," said Antonio Pousa, who said he lives within 100 feet of the proposed development. "We're all for Kroger doing good, but not at the expense of the neighborhood."
The Planning Commission will consider Kroger's plan at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
The 10-pump gas station, which would be behind Chinoe Pub, would be covered by a canopy and have a small kiosk with a bathroom.
Chinoe Village, at 1060 Chinoe Road, is zoned for a planned shopping center, which allows a gas station.