PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — A vacant gas station will be used as an auto-detailing business while the owner plans to redevelop the site, according to seacoastonline.com.
The Board of Adjustment granted owner Michael Labrie approval for the auto detailing business pending site plan review. The review will include study of a water-recycling component for the site, said the article.
The site has been a target for vandals, and board member Christopher Mulligan said in the article, “Most people would admit this has been an eyesore for a long time and this would be an improvement.”
In the article, Labrie said he’s not in the auto-related business. “I’m in the business of building beautiful buildings.”
Neighboring business owner Dan Hale was excited when he heard Labrie was building a “green” laundromat on the site, but he is disappointed in the plans for a detailing business, noted the article.
Labrie has already spent $40,000 on engineering and architectural services for the site, and he will finish redevelopment after his new restaurant in another location is completed.
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