Neighbors fight to get a gas station shut down in Southwest Atlanta

ATLANTA — A large number of Adamsville community members rallied outside a Citgo gas station on MLK Drive, in Southwest Atlanta.

The group told Channel 2′s Audrey Washington they want a judge to declare the station a nuisance property and shut it down.

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Atlanta Police said they’ve responded to the gas station more than 90 times this year.

The main issues, according to APD, were prostitution, drugs and shootings.

“It’s a hotbed for crime because this is a place where people like to congregate and hang out,” said Major Reginald Moorman with the Atlanta Police Department.


“One of the worst gas stations in Atlanta, Georgia,”

said District 10 council member, Andrea L. Boone.

Boone said she will join community members when they go before a judge about the property, this week.

“We are hoping that the judge and the courts will declare this a nuisance,” said Boone.

“What about me?”

During the rally, Cynthia Douglas spoke out against closing the gas station.

Douglas owns the MeMezz restaurant next door to the gas station.

She said the shutdown will hurt her bottom line and that

officials should help the people who frequent the gas station.

“These people have drug addictions. They are homeless — what are we going to do to help them,”? Douglas said.

Officials said the owner recently installed more lighting and added private security to the property.

Channel 2′s Audrey Washington called both the gas station owner and manager about the complaints and the rally.

Her calls were not returned.

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