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Agreement between residents, developers gives green light to carwash

By: Jim Erickson

A Brite Worx Carwashery is approved for the intersection of Clayton and Baxter roads.

What started as a controversial and contested proposal to place a new carwash operation on the northwest corner of the Clayton-Baxter intersection has received near-unanimous approval from the Chesterfield City Council at its Jan. 17 meeting.

The request from Brite Worx Carwashery and Wallis Companies had raised objections from nearby residential property owners about traffic problems, noise, lighting and waste and stormwater drainage when it originally was proposed last spring. Subsequently, the city’s planning commission recommended approval on a 5-3 vote, but the council’s planning and public works committee voted unanimously to deny the request due to lingering homeowner concerns.

Later meetings of the council and the public works committee led to negotiations between carwash representatives and homeowners and an agreement on actions the development would take to address the various concerns.

Councilmember Dan Hurt [Ward 3] complimented both sides of the discussion and city staff members for their respective efforts to resolve differences and come to an agreement. Councilmember Randy Logan [Ward 3] also pledged that the city will keep homeowners advised on when other steps in the development process are presented for staff review and approval.

The final council vote approving the request was 7-1, with Councilmember Barbara McGuinness [Ward 1] opposed. At an earlier meeting, McGuinness had raised a question about the carwash’s hours of operation and had mentioned the possibility of an amendment on that issue.

Also at the Jan. 17 meeting, the council approved the first reading of three other zoning-related ordinances. One would permit a 150-unit facility known as Shelbourne Senior Living on an 8.2-acre parcel on Chesterfield Parkway West near the Chesterfield Center intersection.

Another proposal calls for a large-lot residential district known as Falling Leaves Estates II on a 17.4-acre tract northwest of the Wilson Avenue-Clarkson Road intersection.

The third request was for a change in the hours of operation permitted for the Clock Tower Plaza northeast of the intersection of Edison Avenue and Chesterfield Commons East Road.

All three proposals will come up for a second reading and final council action at a future meeting.

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