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County Board Votes Down Controversial Gas Station

Concerns over toxic emission, traffic and noise were among the reasons opponents were against the gas station at the northeast corner of Route 53 and Butterfield Road, according to media reports.

Schematic of the proposed gas station. (Credit: Buchanan Energy.)
Schematic of the proposed gas station. (Credit: Buchanan Energy.)
The DuPage County Board this past week voted down a developer's plan to build a Mobil station and Bucky's convenience store at the northeast corner of Butterfield Road and Route 53, according to the Daily Herald.

There was strong opposition to the gas station that some said would draw more vehicles and could result in an "increase in toxic emissions" that could "post a health risk for children" using nearby Butterfield Park District facilities, according to the article. 

The Chicago Tribune reports Buchanan Energy, the developer seeking a conditional use permit for the gas station, said they may appeal the county board's 14 to 4 vote against the proposal. 

The air pollution concerns from benzene emission topped the list of concerns from nearby residents and there were also concerns over traffic and noise from the proposed gas station, which would also be located near two child day-care centers, according to the Chicago Tribune. 

Now, the Butterfield Park District could look into buying the property and developing the property "in a way that would be supported by the public," according to Suburban Life Media. 

Read more on the Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald and Suburban Life Media
bobrzik December 12, 2013 at 07:15 PM
There used to be a Shell station there.

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