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Planners want more data on 24-hour car wash bid

The Planning Board wants more information about a car wash business being proposed for East Main Street before it decides to issue a recommendation.

The board, reflecting citizen concerns voiced at a recent public hearing, wants developer Mark Lotter to conduct and submit a study on projected noise levels of the planned 24-hour business, both at 4 p.m. and at 2 a.m. to determine the effect noise will have on the neighborhood.

The board also wants more details of the location, dimension and lighting being proposed for signs and information about the color and type of building material to be used for the building. Members also want data on the size of landscaping products to be used and a written statement by Lotter explaining why the vehicle vacuum stations cannot be located toward the back of the building to lessen noise levels.

Planning Board Chairman George Wheeler wants to know why the exiting traffic cannot be prohibited from turning left, which he said could improve traffic safety. Design engineer Don Sennett said the state Department of Transportation has stated no objections to the plans for bi-directional traffic flow from the car wash.

But Wheeler said a right-turn-only sign would add to traffic safety on the already busy roadway that sees 13,000 to 14,000 vehicles per day.

Lotter made no promise; he said prohibiting left turns "would be pretty restrictive to customers."

Some residents have opposed the project. Although the parcel is zoned for commercial purposes, it was initially zoned residential, and car wash opponents want it to revert to that original designation.

The Planning Board is scheduled to meet again on the issue at 6 p.m. Nov. 21 in Village Hall.

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