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UPDATE: Judge Potter rejected the memorandum of understanding agreement between the District Attorney General and Knight Arnold Food & Fuel.

A hearing will take place on October 16th.

The judge wants to ensure that any of the store's personnel who were involved are no longer employed at that location. 

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A Fox Meadows gas station deemed a public nuisance could be back in business just days after being shut down.

The Shelby County District Attorney and Memphis Police shut down the BP station at the intersection of Knight Arnold and South Mendenhall on Thursday after several complaints by neighbors of drug and gang activity.

The owner of the station was supposed to be in court Monday morning, but the hearing has been canceled due to a deal with the Shelby County District Attorney's office.

Members of the Fox Meadows Neighborhood Watch and community leaders are not happy about the possibility of the store opening its doors so soon.

"They are upset. they are not included in the process," says Tennessee State Representative G.A. Hardaway.

Prosecutors say the corner of South Mendenhall and Knight Arnold, where the Knight Arnold Food and Fuel is located is gang territory for the Avalon Crips and the Vicelords. The district attorney says the store has a history of aggravated assaults, robberies and drug dealing.

"It's a dangerous place. we don't want drug infested areas anywhere in the community," says Bishop E. Lynn Brown.

When the D.A.'s office decided to shut down the gas station community leaders like Bishop Brown were happy. Now his emotions have turned to frustration after he and concerned neighbors hoped to ask the judge to keep the gas station closed.

The D.A.'s office says it will likely enter a consent agreement to allow the owner to re-open. Under that agreement, the gas station would have to add security cameras, a security guard and be under continued supervision by the court.

Community leaders say the victims of the violence in the area should have a say in the deal.

If there is going to be a settlement, the individuals being victimized need to be a part of the discussion," says Rep. Hardaway.

Assistant District Attorney Paul Hagerman released a statement about the deal that says in part, "We are willing to work with businesses and owners and citizens and have found cooperation much more valuable than protracted litigation and permanently boarded up buildings."

Representative Hardaway says citizens in his district will be keeping an eye on the gas station and making sure terms of the agreement are followed.

"We are going to take charge of these streets. We are going to take it back," said Bishop Brown.

The Fox Meadows neighborhood watch tells FOX 13 it is also working with the D.A.'s office to get Aspenwood Apartments, the complex located behind the BP gas station, deemed a public nuisance as well.

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