Petition seeks to block new fast food restaurants, car dealerships on Arapahoe Road

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CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- A stretch of Arapahoe Road is replete with gas stations, car dealerships and fast food restaurants. But one resident says enough is enough.

Jill Meakins is a major supporter of a petition to block new fast food restaurants and car dealerships from going up along the busy road.

"I'm not against building businesses, but I am against building these kind of businesses," Meakins said.

Meakins argues her nearby home is going down in value because the city is allowing certain types of businesses.

"These kind of businesses devalue our property and also devalue our city," Meakins said.

Meakins needs more than 4,000 signatures by Monday night to halt development.

"I think it's a horrible idea. We need redevelopment in the area," Leslie Jacobson said.

Jacobson is trying to open up Culver's burger restaurant at Arapahoe Road and South Havana Street, and said if Meakins collects all her signatures, her business will not open.

"We won't be able to open or have our Culver's restaurant here. We have to have a drive-thru," Jacobson said.

As a result, Jacobson has mailed more than 40,000 pieces of literature to residents asking them not to sign the petition.

On the front of the would-be Culver's is a picture of a burger with the caption,"Would you sign a petition to prevent this?"

As for Meakins, she said Jacobson can open her restaurant. It just can't have a drive-thru.

"We need to be a greater city," Meakins said.

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