To the Editor:
About six years ago, the city of McHenry made a very good and wise decision not to allow a strip mall to be built on the corner of Route 31 and Pearl Street, which also is where St. Mary’s Church and Montini school are located. They vetoed it because they acknowledged the safety concerns of the schoolchildren, the increased traffic it would bring, and the negative effects of the property and homeowners who live there.
Now there is a proposal before the council to build a 24-hour gas station that would bring noise, pollution and traffic to the exact same site.
So I ask the council: How can you justify this? The same concerns are there. If you were a homeowner and lived close by, would you want this?
To me, it is just as bad, if not worse, than before. We are talking 24 hours a day. I beg you not to allow this to occur.
It does seem that when a new business comes in, another goes out of business. McHenry has plenty of gas stations. I realize the property has no value being empty, but surely there can be a better plan for it than a noisy, smelly and busy gas station.
The people who have homes on Route 31 are suffering enough because of the new highway coming in with losing their easement, but to devalue their homes more is outrageous.
Again, City Council, do not allow this to happen.
Mary Kay Welter