The Westfield City Council approved controversial plans for a gas station in the Harmony residential development Monday night.
The 275-acre neighborhood, near West 146th Street and Ditch Road, is being developed by a partnership between Estridge Homes and T.M. Crowley. It is expected to have 650 single-family homes, 275 apartments and 170,000 square feet of retail space.
Plans call for the commercial section to be closest to the intersection and provide a village atmosphere with amenities such as restaurants, coffee shops and a hair salon.
Several months ago, Estridge and T.M. Crowley submitted a request to the city to change the zoning to allow for a GetGo gas station. Design plans for a CVS Pharmacy were also submitted at the same time.
Under the original zoning approved by the Westfield City Council in 2013, gas stations were prohibited unless the developer received special permission from the city.
The council voted 4-2 Monday night to allow the gas station and CVS, with council members Cindy Spoljaric and Joe Edwards opposing it. Council member Robert Horkay was absent.
Many of the homeowners in Harmony and the surrounding neighborhoods had urged city officials to deny the request, with most of the opposition centered on the plans for the gas station. Residents were concerned about the environmental impact, noise and lights.
The Westfield Plan Commission had given the proposal a positive recommendation to the council last month.