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Ground Breaking

October 11, 2010
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The Senate Armed Services Committee approved $11.4 million for construction projects at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, part of which will fund a carwash on base.

$9.2 million of the construction will be spent on a 65 unit lodging facility, and $2.2 million will be used for consolidation and expansion of a service station and new convenience store with expanded retail space, a carwash and fuel pumps.

The House Armed Services Committee must still approve the projects before breaking ground.

La Crosse, WI

Developer Jon Sopher, Intrust Development LLC, plans to build a $50 million development called The Waters on Front, which will include a carwash and quick lube bays.

He plans to build a series of residential communities, as well as devote nearly $2 million for a vehicle showroom, carwash and quick lube.

Albany, OR

Carpool Carwash has officially opened for vehicle owners in the area.

The business features environmentally-friendly soaps, and also uses low water outputs through onsite water recycling equipment.

Carpool is a soft cloth brush exterior wash and is open daily from 7:30 am to 6 pm, with vacuums and carpet shampoo systems for customers located in the parking area.

Pittsburgh, PA

After five years of struggle, a local resident finally gained approval for her carwash proposal. Mary Ann Stokey first approached the township regarding her carwash plans in 1999, but was stalled because of sewer and water problems.

The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) ordered the borough to fix its sewer system before allowing new customers online. Stokey also faced zoning changes that would allow her only a conditional use permit instead of a normal one.

East Greenbush, NY

Plans were approved by the town board for the construction of a new Grease Monkey Automotive Maintenance facility in the area.

Despite concerns over drainage and traffic, the board granted with the condition that if no action is taken on the site plan within three years, the approval expires.

This is the first time the town board has included such a condition, according to Supervisor Robert Angelini. “We have site plans that date back 10 years,” Angelini said. “We’re concerned that since things change over time, a project approved many years ago might not be appropriate anymore for a number of reasons, environmental or otherwise.”

Grease Monkey will be owned and operated by Matt Blazewicz, and improvements to the site include a parking lot, driveways and related infrastructure, as well as water, drainage and sanitary sewer considerations.

The total cost of the project, expected to be finished by June 1, 2005, is estimated at $350,000.