Proposed car wash in Charlotte neighborhood causes controversy

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Residents in Charlotte's Plaza Shamrock neighborhood are fighting against having a large car wash at The Plaza and Herrin Avenue.

Hundreds of them have signed a petition asking city leaders to say ‘no’ to the project.

Residents said the plan is not consistent with the feel of the neighborhood.

“This is a neighborhood; as you can see, there are houses right here within 20 feet of where they're wanting to put a large car wash,” resident Michelle Fox said. “It's just not consistent with the neighborhood.”

The online petition asks leaders not to rezone 1.5 acres from neighborhood business to general business at the site because it’s inconsistent with the historic neighborhood.

There are already five other car washes within a 1.5-mile radius.

“Something like this is going to bring in traffic outside the neighborhood and we would rather see local neighborhood businesses continue (to) develop here,” Fox said.

The site plan for the project indicates the developer will be sensitive to neighbors and all "freestanding light will be fully shielded and downwardly directed."
 
It said all new detached lighting installed will be limited to 20 feet.

Some residents, including Donna Johnson, said the car wash could be a good thing for the community.

“I do live in this neighborhood,” Johnson said. “I think it would be a good idea to have your car washed.

Get your car cleaned right away. I don't think it would be that much noise.”
 
City leaders said a public hearing is being planned for later this year, but the date hasn’t been set yet. 
 
Channel 9 reached out to District 1 Councilwoman Patsy Kinsy and the petitioner for comment.
 
Channel 9 is waiting to hear a response.

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