Controversial Bay View Gas Station Can Operate All Night
Speedway installs protective glass, hires security, so council gives it another chance.
A southside gas station and convenience store can again be open 24 hours a day after installing a $100,000 protective glass shield and hiring a late-night security team.
The Common Council unanimously approved a new extended hours license for the Speedway store at the corner of S. Howell Ave. and E. Oklahoma Ave. near Humboldt Park.
From December 22nd through January 2nd, police responded to six reported thefts. The police department designated the gas station, located at 369 E. Oklahoma Ave., a “nuisance property” on January 8th. By February 11th officers had been called to the store 14 times in 2021.
“I feel that some mitigation has been implemented, but it’s not going far enough. I worry about the employees and the surrounding neighbors,” said the alderwoman.
The Common Council backed her suggestion, with other members expressing frustration at the amount of police resources being consumed by the station and the perceived inaction by management.
But now protective glass has been installed and a security team is present at night. The council is ready to give the company another try at operating the gas station around the clock.
“I almost see this as another trial,” said Dimitrijevic at a special meeting of the Licenses Committee Wednesday morning.
But Dimitrijevic warned that if things get worse, she might oppose a license renewal. “If we see a negative trend again, we may have to reconsider things,” she said.
According to city license records, there are 11 Speedway stations in the city, but only four are permitted to operate 24 hours a day.
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