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Lodi Planning Commission approves permit for new gas station against school owner’s wishes

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Posted: Thursday, August 9, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:04 am, Thu Aug 9, 2012.

When Fred Ergonis purchased a former Montessori school on Harney Lane with plans to reopen it, he did not envision a gas station across the street.

On Wednesday night, he pleaded with the Lodi Planning Commission to deny the application for a new AM/PM gas station, because he said it is too close to the school he is buying this week and reopening next week.

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  • Elise Middlecamp posted at 7:54 pm on Sat, Aug 11, 2012.

    Elise Middlecamp Posts: 20

    What is this third grade schoolyard politics? How regressive is this commission? It is a fact crime and vagrants will rise in the area. Unlike the statement that there are other gas stations near schools, a gas station this close to a freeway is going to cause problems. Lastly, so now it is OK to sell booze and cigarettes within 200 feet but not regulated medical marijuana? Hopefully we get some more understanding members on this commission.

  • Jay Samone posted at 2:37 pm on Thu, Aug 9, 2012.

    Jay Samone Posts: 359

    All of you who's homes will but t up against the backside of the gas station will have something to worry about. Harney is on it's way out of town, the location is close to the freeway so it is easy access for criminals. I wish someone would have presented a logical argument to the City Commission. I think they would have listened to facts and figures presented to them based on the number of crimes committed within a half mile radius of our gas stations and compare it to those that have no gas stations nearby. This would have been a far more effective way to show that your safety is at risk. Using the argument that there is a school across the street or the possibility of too much noise makes all of you sound like NIMBYs (not in my backyard) and have no credibility.

  • Janice Coe posted at 11:45 am on Thu, Aug 9, 2012.

    silverpony Posts: 1

    As much as I feel for property owners ( I am one also), I have to admit, this is like buying a house close to railroad tracks or airport-then complaining about the noise. Before buying a property, the zone should be checked-no question about it....and if you are buying in the country-a look at the property lines and official survey should be done also-it cost us thousands of dollars when our neighbor decided the house we purchased 30 years ago was on his property-come to find out everyone for 3 miles down the road was 3 feet off! Basically I am saying..do your home work before you purchase, so that you have legal recourse when things like this happen.

  • Kathy Stafko posted at 10:36 am on Thu, Aug 9, 2012.

    MOMMAKAT Posts: 9

    I am a resident/tenant in the neighborhood affected by the building. It will literally be in my backyard. I wonder if the Building Commission took into consideration the effect it will have on all of us. The noise, the filth, lights, safety, etc..... I will no longer feel safe leaving my house to go to work or vacation unless someone is there. Did they, the Commision, consider how easy it will be for someone to now scale the brick wall and burglerize the homes left unattended? NO they did not!! Is it so much to ask of the Commission to raise the soundwall? Ms. Ibarra has a legit concern, as do all of us who have property that backs the proposed development. For the Commision to deny her request outright is not a sound decision on their part. So who are we going to point our fingers at when our homes are burglerized because of the ease with which theives now have access? You Betcha! The Commission, for not granting a simple and logical request to keep our homes safe.



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