Saline Planners Deny Site Plan Extension for Long-Vacant Car Wash

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 12/18/2017 - 00:47

City of Saline planners have run out of patience with the unfinished “Clean Get-A-Way” car wash, located at 121 Sage Court, beside Tractor Supply.

At Wednesday’s meeting, the planning commission voted unanimously to not approve a one-year extension for a combined preliminary/final site plan for the development, first approved in October of 2002.

Doug Deal, of Huron Valley Sales, owns the never-completed car wash, which has sat vacant and become a target for vandals. He was seeking a six to 12-month extension on the site plan, which was approved last December by the planning commission. City Superintendent Gary Roubal briefly presented the case for Deal’s request to planning commission.

“The prior site plan expired in 2012. He came back fresh and rejuvenated the site plan. He thought he’d get it done this year but he had trouble,” Roubal said.

Mayor Brian Marl, who was not a fan of this project when it came to city council, quickly shot down the request.

“This has dragged on long enough. We made a good fait effort to work with him and essentially nothing happened. We even had a hard time getting information from Mr. Deal,” Marl said.

The city planners agreed. Dean Girbach, City Council’s liaison to the commission, said he might be open to considering an extension if there was some kind of bond in place that might allow the city to clean the property or demolish the building if the building continued to sit empty.

The planning commission was unanimous in its decision to turn down Deal’s request.

It should be noted that this is not the same car wash as the Zippy’s car wash planned across the street.

In other planning commission news:

  • Planning commission approved a request by Saline Lectronics to amend their site plan to construct a 1,920 square-foot pole barn at their property at 750 N. Maple Road.
  • The planning commission will have a $35,000 budget in 2019. That would be down somewhat from last year’s budget of $39,500. In 2017, there $50,146 in expenditures. The commission expects professional service and site plan review costs to fall. This year’s budget is $25,000. Next year’s budget is $20,000. From July-November, actual costs were about $7,000. Planning commission revenues, generated by fees, were up to over $40,000 in 2017. They’ve been rising steadily since 2015 after bottoming out at less than $5,000 in 2014.
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