Stop the Gas Station Project in Old Torrance – Guest Commentary from Citizens Group “I Love Old Torrance”
Tower Energy wants to build a huge Gas Station/Mini-Mart that sells Beer, Wine, Cigarettes, Fried Chicken (cooked on site), and, eventually, Hard Liquor. Location is on Carson between Gramercy & Andreo, in the middle of original Torrance, across from Historic Downtown, NOT at a major intersection, near THS. Proposed Hours: 365 days a year, 5:00am – 11:30pm.
Reasons to Protest:
Traffic Congestion: If you travel on Carson, a project of this size will increase your commute time. Carson is already a heavily congested street, especially during key times each day, and whenever there is a train. This will make it worse for everyone that travels on Carson including nearby schools, churches, businesses, emergency services, and neighbors.
Increased Traffic on small residential side streets and alleys: These narrow streets and alleys are NOT designed for heavy, speeding traffic. This project will send much traffic into our neighborhoods. We will lose much street parking, too.
Narrow Streets: Our streets are old and narrow. There is not room for gasoline tankers or delivery trucks. There is not even room for 2 cars going in opposite directions to pass each other. One car must pull to the side in order for the other to pass. Only locals know that. How often will there be two cars “stuck” until one of them backs up?
More cars moving at higher speeds on side streets and alleys will lead to property loss and potential loss of life: Our sidewalks are filled with children playing, dogs being walked, and people exercising. Drivers speeding through our neighborhood will see our streets as thoroughfares. Most will NOT be mindful that this is a neighborhood. Sooner or later a speeding car will collide with a child, a bicyclist, another car, etc. This is a great liability for the City, too.
We already have plenty of established gas stations, liquor stores, and mini marts in the area, plus a large Ralphs nearby.
Irresponsible drivers, including those under the influence, will increase.
Gas Pumps, Underground Storage Tanks, Fumes, and Leaks are all hazards which exponentially increase the risk for explosions, fires, and many environmental & health issues. We have multiple cancer survivors in the immediate vicinity.
This is a historic area with many unique 100 year old plus houses and businesses. These are the foundation of Torrance’s unique history. All nearby structures (old and new) will be put at risk if Tower’s project is approved.
Backwards “Progress”: Torrance has installed electric charging stations throughout the city. Why go backwards and approve a new fossil fuel gas station? A new gas station comes with many short term and long term risks, along with hazards that will be around long after the last fossil fuel car leaves the road. Many countries and 8 states including CA have already banned the sales of fossil fuel vehicles. Bans range from 2025 – 2050, depending on the Country/State.
Crime increases and Loitering increases at Gas Stations and places that sell alcohol “to go”. Tower says they won’t let vagrants linger on their property, which will push them onto our properties.
The current site is peaceful, dark, and quiet at night. Tower’s plan, with operating hours from 5am – 11:30pm, 365 days a year will bring significant noise and light pollution, as well as the smell of Fried Chicken every day!
Accidents will increase on both Carson and side streets, which will cause further congestion from emergency vehicles.
Issue will be discussed by the Planning Commission at its upcoming meeting on September 20, 2017 at 7 pm.