Council approves gas station
By Stephanie Lulay firstname.lastname@example.org August 15, 2013 7:04PM
Updated: September 17, 2013 8:28AM
AURORA — A series of resolutions that will make way for a gas station at Farnsworth Avenue and Bilter Road was narrowly approved by the Aurora City Council this week.
A Thorntons gas station will now be permitted to open at the northeast corner of the intersection.
The 1.37-acre plot of land, which is in Alderman Abby Schuler’s 1st Ward, is adjacent to wetlands. Schuler said that she voted “no” this week because the gas station goes against the wishes of the neighborhood.
The measure was narrowly passed by a 7-5 vote. Seven aldermen voted in favor of the gas station: Juany Garza, 2nd Ward; Ted Mesiacos, 3rd Ward; Bill Donnell, 4th Ward; Mike Saville, 6th Ward; Rick Mervine, 8th Ward; Edward Bugg, 9th Ward; and Richard Irvin, At-large. Five aldermen voted against the measure: Schuler, 1st Ward; John “Whitey” Peters, 5th Ward; Scheketa Hart-Burns, 7th Ward; Lynne Johnson, 10th Ward; and Bob O’Connor, At-large.
Schuler said that five other gas stations exist within a mile of the proposed Thorntons location, and that the city had put roughly $300,000 in tax increment financing funding into improving the site.
Aurora Development Chief Bill Wiet said that Thorntons spent a lot of time and effort addressing resident concerns about gas runoff into the wetlands area, putting safety and spill prevention measures into effect.
But building the gas station goes against the wishes of the neighbors, Schuler said.
“I think we envision something else here at this corner... [something] maybe more pleasant to a wetlands area,” she said.