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Residents voice opinions on new proposed store at foot of Signal Mtn.

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Some residents who live near the foot of Signal Mountain say another gas station is a bad idea and they don't want it in their neighborhood.

There's a new zoning proposal to change an area of land at Signal Mountain Road and Glendale Drive from residential to commercial.

If approved, a neighborhood market called Crossroads IGA would be built in the space. Some say it would be convenient, while others argue it could be a hassle and make driving in that area even more dangerous.

"It's scary to me that this could be a reality. It's such a foolish thing to do in that stretch of road, going up a mountain, in a major curve," said Signal Mountain resident Wendi Morgan. "You don't have to drive that road often to know that is a dangerous spot to put a development that size."

Wendi Morgan drives up Signal Mountain every day and says a gas station at the foot of the mountain is a bad idea, especially when it comes to traffic control.

"You don't have to drive that road often to know that is a dangerous spot to put a development that size," she said.

Morgan said there's also already a surplus of gas stations and grocery stores between the Highway 27 ramp and Glendale Drive.

Another woman who lives within walking distance on Glendale Drive disagrees and welcomes the new proposed store with open arms.

"Whenever I need something real quick, this is the best, closest to me," said Irene Fuentes. "Take a family field trip. Go there and get milk! And get exercise as a family! I like it."

Councilman Chip Henderson, who represents the area, said he's listening to both sides of the debate. He's meeting with local attorneys who represent the grocery chain Thursday afternoon and said he'll be at Monday's zoning meeting.

Morgan is holding a public meeting across the street from the proposed location at the frisbee golf park Thursday at 6 p.m. The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency is set to consider the zoning request Monday, May 9 at 1 p.m. at the Hamilton County Courthouse.

Channel 3 reached out to the grocery store's owners for more details on the proposed building but have not immediately heard back.

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