October 11, 2010
A new eco-friendly, state-of-the-art carwash here will cost $3.6M and have two times what a normal carwash would have in equipment.
The village board recently approved the construction of Sparkle Express, an exterior-only conveyor carwash that will be the most “state-of-the-art facility in Illinois,” according to its owners.
The wash features a 175-foot tunnel and a “green system” which will capture about 75 percent of the water to recycle and reuse it.
The express wash (with free vacuums) will cost $5 to $12. Currently, the village has one full-service carwash and several self-serve facilities. The owners hope to open the business by the end of January.
Jalopy Joe’s Car & Dog Wash opened the first of two pet washes.
The wash features a Pet Clin Model F machine, a self-serve dog wash that offers an automatic adjustable platform and splashguard, various warm water wash cycles, and a professional grooming dryer.
The machine will also disinfect/clean itself at the touch of a button.
Jalopy Joe’s Car & Dog Wash also offers a Hey Buddy! Pet Supply Vending machine and a fenced in area inside of the dog wash room in order to secure a second dog during the wash cycle.
Fall Creek, MO
Mirror Image Car Wash will be part of a shopping center opening soon here. The wash replaces plans for a Boomerang Car Wash. Boomerang was not prepared to move forward with construction plans in conjunction with the shopping center's schedule. (Boomerang is one of the 50 largest conveyor carwash chains in the nation with 17 express exterior locations.)
The $3 million Boomerang project was considered controversial and several members of the city’s planning commission voted against it. Mirror Image did not face such opposition. The carwash will have a 5,040-square-foot building on one acre. It will be the second Mirror Image carwash location in the city.
A proposed carwash here received two important approvals by the planning board, but developer Mark Lotters has to agree to certain conditions before it can be built. The board had concerns about water usage and noise concerns, and applied requirements for Lotter in those regards.
The conditions do not have to be met until the carwash is operational and the board can prove that noise and water usage concerns are valid.
The board also wanted enhanced landscaping, heating blocks outside the exit, and doors to automatically shut during the time between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.