SAN MATEO -- The City Council will take on a contentious issue Thursday night at a hearing on a proposed 7-Eleven store that has drawn the ire of local residents.
Dozens of people who live near the property at 501 N. San Mateo Drive complain that the store will not only be a nuisance but will also drive down their property values. The owners of the parcel say they are legally entitled to pursue the project.
The property is the former site of Stangelini's Italian deli, which closed in 2010. It sits in a partly residential area near the Burlingame-San Mateo border. On Wednesday, around 30 neighbors picketed outside the building as passing cars blew their horns in support.
The San Mateo Planning Commission recently sided with the residents, who argue the zoning of the property should revert from commercial to residential use. Minor modifications have been made to the 2,100-square-foot building to accommodate the new store.
The council will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at City Hall, located at 330 W. 20th Ave.
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