Former Livonia auto parts store could become car wash – Hometown Life

Drivers could have a new option for getting their car clean on the north end of Livonia in the coming months.
Plans are moving through Livonia City Hall to construct a new car wash at the former Napa Auto Parts store on Farmington Road just south of Eight Mile. The new car wash would have several queuing lanes and offer vacuums for cleaning the interior of vehicles as well.
Napa Auto Parts recently moved to a new space along Seven Mile and its building on the former site would be demolished to make way for a brand-new car wash facility. Both driveways would remain, with one being a two-way driveway and another being the exit to the car wash after cars go through.
Plans were reviewed during the city’s planning commission regular meeting Nov. 15. There, commissioners went over the plans after they were first reviewed during a previous study meeting. Some changes included some landscaping features to the site,
“It sounded like some additional screening in the south that was not added that may have been requested,” said Kyle Wrentmore of Columbus, Ohio-based Mannik Smith Group. “We can certainly fill in additional shrubs in between those mature trees as well.”
Some commissioners brought up the issue of the number of surrounding car washes in the area. While there aren’t any nearby within Livonia, two are located within less than a mile-and-a-half radius: the Zax Auto Wash at Eight Mile and Gill in Farmington Hills; and Colonial Car Wash on Nine Mile west of Farmington Road in Farmington. Representatives said they had done the research and believed the car wash would benefit the surrounding community.
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Also at hand was the issue of lighting up the parking lot. There was fear that the lighting for the areas around the vacuum cleaners for cars would be exceptionally bright, and could affect those driving by.
“It doesn’t need to look like daylight as you drive up Farmington Road here for a car wash to light up the whole world there, in my opinion,” said Commissioner Sam Caramagno.
The commission voted to recommend approval of the plans during its meeting. They now go to the city council for its review and final determination.
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