Gas station plan for old Louis Market site riles Bensonhurst residents -
Published Monday, May 27, 2013 at 12:30 am / Updated at 7:12 am
Gas station plan for old Louis Market site riles Bensonhurst residents

A Bucky's gas station might move into the old Louis Market property in Omaha's Benson neighborhood, and some residents aren't happy about it.

Late last week, residents near 5718 Northwest Radial Highway received letters telling them that a request by Bucks Inc. to build a gas station and carwash on the property will go before the Omaha Planning Board on June 5.

Members of the “Benson, Nebraska” Facebook page posted a photo of the letter, and the post has since drawn dozens of comments, most opposing the project and encouraging residents to write to their City Council representative and to attend the Planning Board meeting.

The affected neighborhood is a slice of Benson called Bensonhurst, which includes a mile-long stretch of 58th Street between Maple and Pratt Streets.

Diana Vogt, who lives on 58th Street and is a member of the Bensonhurst Neighborhood Association, said people along the street aren't pleased with the Bucky's plan. Vogt said she'll visit the Planning Department Tuesday to get more information.

“We have a lot of questions,” said Vogt, a lawyer. “Our biggest question, obviously, is light pollution. Increased traffic is a big concern.”

There were rumors that a Trader Joe's would move into the location, Vogt said, and residents had hoped to get a grocery store.

When Louis Market, which had operated since 1957, closed last year, it left the neighborhood in the “middle of a food desert,” with “nothing fresh within walking distance,” she said.

Another 58th Street resident, who spoke on the condition that her name not be used, said she was worried about the light, noise and fumes that could come along with a gas station so close to her home.

Bucks Inc. representatives could not be reached for comment Sunday.

Contact the writer: 402-444-3182,

Contact the writer: Micah Mertes    |   402-444-3182    |  

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