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PHOENIX -

Two hot button issues are expected to go before The Phoenix City Council Wednesday afternoon. A Phoenix neighborhood is fighting to keep a Circle K from expanding and a popular valley pool could go underwater.

Plans to expand a gas station in one Phoenix location have been on hold for months because the residents in the area aren't happy with the idea.

A vote happening Wednesday could be the final decision maker.

People who live near 7th Street and Roosevelt are fighting against a Circle K expansion.

The current Circle K on the northeast corner wants to move across the street to a vacant lot where they'll expand into a bigger store.

Neighbors are weary of the idea because they are afraid it will attract more crime to the area.

An ASU report from October 2012 claims that while Circle K owns 25 percent of the convenience store market, it's responsible for 75 percent of combined crime statistics.

Circle K filed papers with the city saying the newer stores have more lighting, more security and that they'll actually cut down on crime.

The vote is expected to take place Wednesday night.

Phoenix Swim Club members are working to stop the demolition on the pool.

Brophy bought the land for $1.7 million more than 10 years ago.

They're planning to build a new pool on Brophy's campus -- forcing the 500 swimmers who belong to the Phoenix Swim Club to find another pool.

The developer who plans to buy the land reportedly wants to build new homes on the land, but only if they can rezone it.

Right now it has a special use permit only -- allowing non-profit groups like the Phoenix Swim Club to operate.

Neighbors and community members will appear before the council asking them to reject the request to life the special use permit and allow them to sell it.

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