Speech to Text for Gas Station Medford
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transform a vacant we want to show you this map to give you a better idea of where we are talking about. the 2.5 acre lot is located on the east side of medford. it's at the corner of springbrook road and east mcandrews road. it is near a lot of homes. newswatch12's cassidy delamarter is there now and spoke with the surrounding neighbors this afternoon. cassidy, you mentioned earlier that not all the neighbors were notified? [a10]gas station controversy-live stinger that's right, the lot was rezoned from residential to commercial in 20-15. and the new construction plans were never sent to some neighbors, even though that's what is required by the city. now neighbors tell me they plan to speak up at the public hearing on may 3. judy farnsworth and her husband have lived in the same house for 20 years. but now she fears the new construction will change things for them. judy says, "if the pollution goes up i'm wondering when or how long he will ever be able to go outside again and we don't have the option to move." her husband has a not an option for the farnsworths. judy says, "we cannot move because of my husbands level of disability." she also worries it will be even harder for paramedics to get to her husband and the assisted living center on the other corner... judy says, "when we've had ambulance or paramedics here in our house its been very difficult and sometimes they have to make a couple of laps around just to be able to have access to our home because of the traffic." she's not alone... gary says, "a lot of us on these side streets can hardly get out on mcandrews or springbrook due to traffic volume." gary sumrak has lived in his home for 25 years. and he's spent the last few weeks going door to door. asking neighbors to sign a petition against the new gas station. "right now we are in the proximity of about 250 signatures on the petition just in this neighborhood." now he just hopes the community coming together will make a difference to officials. gary says, "and change their mind and put something more meaningful and enhance our neighborhood and not detract it." [a13]gas station controversy-live tag i did speak with one neighbor who's lived here for 40 years... and she told me she's excited for the new construction and fully supports the idea. but she did say she will probably be more serious about locking her doors because of all the increased foot traffic.