The Murdoch-Big Bend BP: What Should Go Here?
We asked an innocent question about this closed business on Facebook and got an earful. What would you say?
After strolling down Big Bend this week, we snapped a couple of pictures of the closed BP gas station at Murdoch and wondered: What should replace this business at this prime location?
We posed the question on the Webster Groves Patch Facebook page and got a slew of interesting responses. What would you say? You can add your ideas to the Facebook page or in the comments below.
Some of our readers said a drive-thru coffee shop. Others loved the idea of a Sonic or Whataburger restaurant or a Jamba Juice.
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Another suggested a community market with local produce and products.
One of the big concerns was the fuel tanks underground and what effect they may have on a developer's decision to repurpose the property. Would removing those to the satisfaction of environmental regulators be prohibitively expensive?
"Seriously, when BP took over Amoco, they boosted the rent up so high that they drove most of the owner/operators out of profitability," wrote reader William Bill Rapp on Facebook. "A replacement entity is going to have to be well heeled financially as the clean-up of a fuel delivery station to the EPA's requirements is a very pricey encounter."
Another reader was very pragmatic: "Anything at this point," said Kate Bickel Kopriva on Facebook. "It has been vacant for way too long."
How about you? What would you like to see on that prime spot, just off I-44 at the newly reopened Murdoch bridge?