Keep Large Suburban Carwashes Out of Our Historic Neighborhood

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We the undersigned are OPPOSED to the rezoning of 1.53 acres located on the northeast corner at the intersection of The Plaza and Herrin Avenue to allow for the construction of a large suburban-style carwash ( Petition 2016-93).  Allowing this re-zoning will have a deleterious effect on the character and quality of the historic neighborhoods of Plaza-Shamrock and Noda, as well as The Plaza "Creative Commercial Corridor."

The property should remain zoned B-1 (neighborhood business) and the City Council should follow it's own Central District Plan, which calls for "sensitively designed and pedestrian-oriented redevelopment of older neighborhood commercial areas," the prevention of "incompatible non-residential development from encroaching into the neighborhood," and "address social problems in the district."

The scale and garishly-colorful architectural design is certainly visually insensitive, inconsistent and incompatible with the surrounding historic neighborhood and will likely be a heavy light and noise pollutant--making the many homes within 50-100 feet un-livable.  

An acre and-a-half car wash is the polar-opposite of the pedestrian-oriented businesses that have been very well received in the area--delis, bakeries, restaurants, yoga studios, etc. This area is already served by FIVE OTHER CARWASHES within a 1.5 mile radius, two with a half mile, so further saturation is not necessary. 

The sheltered vacuum stalls, while noisy during the day, along with the proposed outdoor seating areas will most certainly become havens for vagrancy and open-air drug-dealing at night. 

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