The Helotes City Council has approved design plans of a proposed 24-hour gas station and convenience store on a rural stretch of road that some residents want to protect from commercial development.
The 4-1 vote on Feb. 24 was not the final approval for the project, but it allows QuikTrip Corp. to move forward with its plans to build the 5,300-square-foot convenience store at the intersection of Scenic Loop and Bandera roads.
Residents who worry the gas station will “disrupt the city’s charm” earned an early victory on Feb. 1, when the city’s planning and zoning commission unanimously rejected QuikTrip’s original design, citing ordinance violations and concerns that the look of the gas station would not “fit” Helotes’ aesthetic.

Read more from Malak Silmi at North East San Antonio Herald  here.