Blue Springs residents objected to a plan for a new car wash off of Interstate 70 that was presented to the Planning Commission on Monday.
Blue Beacon International is wanting to build a car wash on a site with an existing hotel located at the northeast corner of Missouri 7 and Interstate 70, just south of Shaw Parkway in northern Blue Springs.
In order for the project to be considered by the city, the site must be rezoned from General Business to Regional Commercial. Blue Springs City Code stipulates that car washes are only allowed with a conditional use permit in RC or Light Industrial zones. A representative from Blue Beacon said the quality of the building will reflect the quality of the location (in this case Blue Springs) with a 100 percent masonry car wash building, BB Director of Real Estate and Development Donald Boos told the Commission. If the City Council approves the project, the car wash could yield 45-50 new jobs in Blue Springs with management positions earning up to six-figures.
Several Blue Springs citizens who reside in the Country Club Gardens subdivision, which is located near the project's site, told the commission the new car wash would create traffic congestion during business hours.
"Some residents live within 25 feet of the site," CCG Homeowners Association President Jerry Witherspoon told the council. "We don't want a car wash nestled in a neighborhood." He also pointed out that the rezoning of the site could allow pocket zoning in the future. Another concerned citizen told the council that many children ride their bikes or walk along Shaw Parkway or in the nearby subdivision. The increase in traffic could be potentially dangerous for children, she added. One resident also pointed out there are already five car washes within a one mile radius of the Country Club Gardens neighborhood.
A representative from Rancho Grande Catina, located near the proposed site at 501 N.W. Jefferson, said the increased traffic could hinder business at the restaurant as well.
Commission Chairman Ken Billups remarked that he doesn't see people getting off the interstate for a car wash.
The Commission recommended to the council a denial of rezoning the proposed site location from GB to RC. The City Council will have the final say on the rezoning next Wednesday, Sept. 3.