After listening to concerns from area residents, and following the recommendation of the city’s Planning Commission, the St. Cloud City Council on Thursday voted 5-0 to deny a request to put a convenience store with a gas station at the entrance to Anthem Park.

Developers had proposed putting the convenience store/gas station on a 1.21-acre property located on Lexington Boulevard, east of the Florida Turnpike and west of Old Canoe Creek Road. The city’s Planning Commission – which serves in an advisory role to the City Council – reviewed the request in March and voted 5-0 to recommend denial of the application based on traffic impacts and other concerns.

After listening to residents, Council Member Chuck Cooper made a motion to deny the request; Council Member Linette Matheny seconded the motion.

City Attorney Dan Mantzaris advised council members that the request doesn’t meet four of the six land development code requirements for conditional use permits.