Warwick considers another car wash proposal

By on August 1, 2018

It seems like the season for car washes in Warwick Township.

At the July 25 meeting of the Warwick Township Planning Commission, a proposal for a new car wash at the southwest corner of West Millport Road and Lititz Pike was presented.

Just a week ago, another car was was proposed for the former Fulton Bank building, just yards away from the newest proposal. Reid Spangler, owner of Aqua Premier Car Wash, presented the sketch plans for the proposed self-serve car wash that would have its access off Millport Road, directly across of the driveway at Stauffer’s of Kissel Hill.

Spangler owns a similar car wash on Columbia Avenue in Lancaster, and he pointed out that it have three auto bays, with two self-serve bays and the other automatic. None of the bays would run on a conveyor.

“This would be a low-impact business that would be open 24/7 and unmanned,” said Spangler. He explained that the Aqua Premier Auto Wash on Columbia Avenue has a high tech look that would be toned down for Lititz. It provides state-of-the-art carwash technologies combined with a commitment to the environment. The system uses a bio-reclamation process that is eco-friendly and recycles water to have 80 percent less water waste than a typical car wash.

“We use the clean bio-reclaimed water in normal wash cycles, and 100 percent fresh water in the special application and rinse cycles,” he noted. The site for the proposed Aqua Premier Car Wash is owned by Lancaster Airport and it would be designed to have a low profile, so that overhead air traffic would not be affected. It is located in the Campus Industrial zone, which does not specify car washes as a typical use. However, a text amendment would be needed to allow for a car wash.

Spangler indicated that he wanted to get an idea from planners as to whether or not they would be on board with the plan. He did not want to proceed unless he had positive feedback on pursuing the concept. Of the six members of the planning commission, only one, Robert Kornman, indicated that he did not support it. The others said they had no problem with it. A week earlier at the Warwick Township supervisors meeting, another car wash was proposed, utilizing the vacated Fulton Bank building on Lititz Pike, near Stauffer’s of Kissel Hill. That property is zoned Community Commercial, which allows for a car wash as a use.

Lititz Car Wash would be a state-of-the-art, high tech car wash with three lanes, one of which for a cashier station, and the other two for the car wash that runs on a conveyor belt. There would be 14 vacuum spaces and automatic mat cleaners. That car wash would be owned by brothers, Jeff Bollinger, Ryan Bollinger and Nelson Bollinger. They pointed out that it would be the first of its kind in Pennsylvania, with the closest one in Bel Air, Maryland.

The Bollingers had previously been looking at the same southwest corner of Millport and Lititz Pike, but were discouraged by concerns of supervisors regarding traffic and the need to have a text amendment to allow for a car wash in the Campus Industrial zone.

“I just wanted to make everyone aware of the influx of car washes,” said township manager Daniel Zimmerman. Thomas Zug of the planning commission said that since the two car washes were a different types, it would really be their concern about competition. while Kornman wondered if it made sense to two car washes so close together.

In another planning matter, Moove In Storage presented their revised plan for a storage unit complex at 931 Lititz Pike, just south of Scooters. They received conditional approval for the plans by five of the planners, with Kornman opposing the plans. The storage unit complex would have a “cow” theme with a twin barn look, in keeping with other locations. The rest of the two-story building would have a facade that looks like residential units with brick, siding and blacked-out windows. There would be trees and shrubs planted, using native species.

Kornman wanted the building to not be flat, but to have variations of the facade so that it looked more in keeping with Lititz architecture. Planner Craig Kimmel suggested that the building run parallel to Lititz Pike, rather than at an angle.

There are currently seven Moove In Self Storage locations in Lancaster, at 220 Centerville Road, 22 Prestige Lane, 103 Stone Mill Road, 1391 Vermont Avenue, 3630 Columbia Avenue, 1250 Shreiner Station Road, and 551 Longfellow Drive.

Laura Knowles is a freelance feature writer and regular contributor to the Record Express. She can be reached at lknowles21@gmail.com. 

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