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Gas Station Moves In - Residents Fight Back

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The possibility of new development in southwest Minot is causing concern in a small neighborhood of just 18 homes.

Directly south of the signaled intersection of the Highway 83 bypass and Highway 2 & 52, a Minnesota company has submitted a proposal to the City Planning Commission to build a new Holiday Gas Station.

Pending approval, Cass Oil Company has offered to buy four lots on the south side of the intersection.

That would leave the remaining residents of the small neighborhood with a gas station view.

(Shawn Grosz, SW Minot Resident) "These roads are not intended for commercial traffic. They're not maintained that way. There's no storm sewer. There's no curb, there's no gutter, there's no sidewalks for pedestrian traffic. We just want to make sure that when we look at the development in town, the underlying infrastructure is there and not just go destroying neighborhoods in the name of economic development."

The southwest Minot neighborhood was zoned as a Commercial 2 area by Ward County decades ago.

The initial paperwork is still being located but this county map from the 1960's shows Harrison Township section 28 as a commercial 2 zone.

Ward County zoning administrator Amber Turnquest says when a property is zoned as Commercial 2, housing and commercial can legally co-exist, regardless which occupied the property first.

The Planning Commission will discuss the gas station proposal on October 28.

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