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Feb 9, 2016 10:42 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Car Wash Proposed On Springs Fireplace Road In East Hampton

Feb 16, 2016 9:49 AM

A local businessman has proposed constructing a car wash on the small parcel of land between the entrance and exit roads of the East Hampton Town dump on Springs-Fireplace road.

The proposal, which has been years in the making and was first presented to the Town Planning Board last week, calls for an approximately 5,400-square-foot car wash building, with a retail auto supply store and waiting area, set back more than 50 feet from Springs-Fireplace Road, near the “home exchange” area of the dump property.

Vehicles entering and exiting the car wash would use the dump’s access road—which actually bears the little-known name Maryland Avenue—and flow onto and off Springs-Fireplace Road with the dump traffic.

Britton Bistrian, a consultant who presented the plans to the Planning Board, said the car wash would be “environmentally friendly,” recycling all of its water, using environmentally gentle cleaners and trucking away all wastewater and septic waste.

She also noted that car washes are a more environmentally sensitive way to clean cars, wasting less water and employing safer cleaning products than the typical resident washing their car in their driveway would.

Some Planning Board members sounded optimistic about the plans.

“I think it’s a good use of the area,” board member Kathleen Cunningham said.

Job Potter was the lone skeptic of the five board members present for the February 3 meeting, though he said if the Town Board were to weigh in and support the plan, he’d be more comfortable with it.

“I’m not sure this is a good place for a relatively high-traffic type of commercial use,” Mr. Potter said.

Board chairman Reed Jones said he was surprised that the property, which is zoned for light industrial use like much of Springs-Fireplace Road in that area, is still privately owned and had not been purchased by the town.

The land is owned by an LLC that bought it more than a decade ago. Ms. Bistrian noted that the survey plans for the car wash were drafted in 2007.

“A lot of thoughtful planning went into this,” she said.

Mr. Jones countered Mr. Potter and said he thought the already busy and industrially developed area of the dump is a good place for a car wash.

“I think it’s a great idea,” board member Nancy Keeshan echoed. “Drop off my recycling and get the car washed—a one-stop Saturday morning.”

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I think a car wash there would be great. I didn't realize that was a vacant lot, I thought it was part of the dump.
By Rich Morey (378), East Hampton on Feb 9, 16 12:27 PM
Great idea. Perfect location.
By harbor (415), East Hampton on Feb 9, 16 1:58 PM
For every car washed in such a modern envornmently-controlled facility, with water recovery, there will be one less washed in someone's driveway where soapy, petroleum ladden water would be allowed to run off in an uncontrolled manner. This is a good idea.
By Nukiepoo (123), Southampton on Feb 10, 16 8:27 PM
this would be a VERY good thing and is so needed and overdue in the area !!!
By pcd328 (4), Wainscott on Feb 12, 16 7:20 AM