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Milwaukee gas station forced to close after city deems it a nuisance property

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A Milwaukee gas station will now have to shut down after the city says too much crime is happening there.

Tuesday, Dec. 17, Milwaukee’s Common Council voted not to renew V K Quick Mart’s license after it was deemed a nuisance property. The gas station is located on 35th and McKinley.

“The location is basically out of control,” Alderman Bob Bauman said. “They’ve had numerous shootings over the last year, numerous incidents of other criminal behavior, drug dealing, loitering, panhandling, and people sleeping on gas pumps.”

CBS 58 was on scene as police investigated a shooting outside the gas station back in July.

“Allowing this gas station to continue operating is allowing crime that is not happening elsewhere in the neighborhood to continue happening there,” Alderman Nik Kovac said. 

The business’ license expires Jan. 3, and without it the gas station will have to close.

“I’m disappointed in their decision,” Vincent Bobot, attorney for the gas station, said.

Bobot said the business has added a security guard and more than a dozen cameras to improve safety.   

“Mr. Singh runs a lawful business and this is unfair and we are going to take it to court,” he said. 

Many people in the neighborhood agree and said they want the gas station to stay open. They showed up to City Hall with signs.

“It’s good for gas, shopping for groceries, everything…so to take it away it’s going to make a big dent for a lot of us who walk to the gas station,” Patricia Willford, gas station customer, said.

Bobot says they plan to appeal the licensing decision. 

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leonard 32 days ago
I live 3 blocks from the station. The owner seem decent. But it is problematic and I don’t go there. However the guy who broke into my garage is often there selling his ill gotten gains.

There is another gas station a block away that does not have the same issue.

It is up to the own to keep bad influence out of his business.

There is also a police substation across the street from the station.

In my opinion it should be closed. It may clean some of the thief in the neighborhood.

Y’all that don’t live around here can say what you want.
Primatvewisconsin 32 days ago
With this logic much of Milwaukee could be shut down. When no can get food or fuel then trouble would leave. Maybe we could back to the days of biodiversity. The first peoples and the French Canadians had a good system going. Maybe Wisconsin should start over?
Primatvewisconsin 32 days ago
With this logic much of Milwaukee could be shut down. When no can get food or fuel then trouble would leave. Maybe we could back to the days of biodiversity. The first peoples and the French Canadians had a good system going. Maybe Wisconsin should start over?
Louis 33 days ago
About time.... This gas station been out of control since the 90s...
Thetick 33 days ago
Please cite the statistics to your claim. The common council president is black? Why always playing the race card? If none of this goes on in other cities and a person doesn't like it in Milwaukee, move...
PrinceCJ 34 days ago
I have never lived in a bootleg ass city like milwaukee....to close them down because of OTHERS ignorance....is unfair....how about MORE FREAKIN POLICE PATROLS?....MILWAUKEE IS RACIST AF.... They use that bs nusance ordinance to discriminate...NO OTHER CITY IN THIS COUNTRY does this bs
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