To the Editor:
Like many others who attended the recent McHenry Zoning Board meeting, I am vehemently opposed to the construction of a gas station/convenience store at Richmond Road and Pearl Street, directly across from St. Mary’s Church and Montini School.
Besides the increased traffic danger to school children crossing the coming expansion of Richmond Road, this residential area has historical significance worth preserving, and there is already considerable traffic backup at the fire station intersection nearby.
It always is good to hear that a new business wants to establish itself in McHenry, but this particular location requires one that will not add constant in-and-out traffic to the existing presence of children, school buses, teachers, crossing guards, emergency vehicles,a bank drive-in, neighborhood residents, and two stoplights close by.
Also, there is an easily accessible gas station a short drive north in the commercial district. It’s about location, location, location. Please find a more suitable site.