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Empty gas station to be used for new auto detailing business

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — The owner says he is in the business of building beautiful buildings.


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.

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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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