New Alberni car wash gets council’s green light

Port Alberni residents may have the option of washing their car at a new car wash on Gertrude Street in 2014.

Port Alberni residents may have the option of washing their car at a new car wash on Gertrude Street in 2014.

Port Alberni city councillors approved a development permit at their Monday meeting that paved the way for the new facility.

The business, Port Posh Wash, will be located at the corner of Gertrude Street and Southgate Road (across from Dolce Vita), the former site of Payless Gas.

The facility, if it goes ahead, will consist of six wash bays — four self-serve and two automatic — and enough room on site for 12 waiting cars, city planner Scott Smith said.

The project will create jobs and add to the city’s tax base. Also, it helps the city meet its goal of sustainability by redeveloping a Brownfield site, a report noted.

The property is zoned CMX1, which encompasses using it as a car wash.

Although the site was formerly a gas station it has a Certificate of Compliance from the Ministry of Environment, a report to council noted.

Once in operation, vehicles will enter the facility from Southgate Road because it has less traffic, and then exit onto Gertrude Street.

Traffic could be an issue, Coun. Cindy Solda said, particularly the potential for illegal turns into the facility through the Gertrude Street exit. “There could be a lot of traffic violations there.”

The sidewalks at both the entrance and exit will require modifying, the $12,000 tab for which the developer is picking up, Smith said.

Coun. Hira Chopra questioned why the developer is paying for the work. “If the sidewalk is city property then why does the business have to pay?” he asked.

The work is triggered by the developer’s plans, therefore the developer has to pay, not the taxpayer, Smith said.

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

Twitter.com/AlberniNews

Just Posted

BCHL: Bulldogs’ Hawthorne commits to NCAA Wildcats

20-year-old goaltender earns scholarship to play Div. 1 hockey next year

Port Alberni realtor trekking the Sahara Desert in support of ACAWS

Chris Fenton of The Fenton Team will spend five days hiking in the Sahara Desert

Strong winds up to 100 km/h for parts of Vancouver Island

Wind warning in effect for north, east and west Vancouver Island into Saturday morning

Port Alberni bear spraying suspect arrested in Coombs

Nanaimo resident facing 16 criminal charges after “well coordinated” RCMP effort

Port Alberni considers implementing ‘hotel tax’ for travellers

Municipal and Regional District Tax could lead to revenue of $325,000, says Collette

VIDEO: U.S. Congress to probe whether Trump told lawyer Cohen to lie

At issue is a BuzzFeed News report that about negotiations over a Moscow real estate project

Rookie Demko backstops Canucks to 4-3 win over Sabres

Young Vancouver goalie makes 36 saves to turn away Buffalo

Charges upgraded against mother of murdered B.C. girl

Kerryann Lewis now faces first- rather than second-degree murder in the death of Aaliyah Rosa.

UPDATE: Injured firefighter in stable condition

Kelowna fire crews responded to a blaze at Pope’sGallery of BC Art & Photography on Friday

Rare ‘super blood wolf moon’ takes to the skies this Sunday

Celestial event happens only three times this century

Arrest made after historic B.C. church hit by arson

The fire at the 150-year-old Murray United Church in Merritt was considered a possible hate crime

B.C. dangerous offender in court for violating no-contact order, sends letter to victim

Wayne Belleville was shocked to see a letter addressed to him from his shooter, Ronald Teneycke

Man blames his loud car radio, sirens for crash with B.C. ambulance

Tribunal rejects bid to recoup ICBC costs after crash deemed 100-per-cent his fault

Most Read