An Illinois carwash owner is receiving community resistance to a remodeling plan that would reduce the size of the wash and add a retail center and drive-through restaurant, according to a report by Journal & Topics Newspapers. Jesse H. Fojo, owner of Penguin Touchless Car Wash in Mt. Prospect, said sales at the location this year are down 50 percent. He previously tried to sell the carwash for $1.1 million.
Residents voiced objections to the plan last week over concerns about noise, food smells and late operating hours.
The proposed plan would demolish the carwash’s vacuum island, enclose the carwash structure and reduce its size from 3,741 square feet to 2,386 square feet, the article said.
The proposal could benefit Mt. Prospect because officials believe it would generate between $20,000 and $30,000 in annual tax revenue. Under the current business use, Mt. Prospect collects only property tax from the carwash, not sales tax.
Journal & Topics Newspapers: Voice Concerns Over Car Wash Conversion