The Prime Shine Express Car Wash is being constructed parallel to 11th Street with the entrance and exit at the Alden Glen Drive traffic light.
Amie Mendes, economic development analyst for the city of Tracy, said the business got its site approved because it’s less than an acre and has enough space for about 20 cars to await entering the car wash building.
Mendes said city officials determined the business’ traffic would not interfere with the fire department at Station 91, 1701 W. 11th St., as crews respond to calls.
“It was good from the get-go to make sure the layout wasn’t going to impede on their access,” she said. “They’ve been more than willing to work with us and help us.”
Since the fire engine and ladder truck exit directly onto 11th Street in response to emergency calls, Mendes said the only time firefighters would be affected would be on their return to the station.
Both the fire station and the car wash would use the same easement at the intersection. But to assure firefighters would not have to wait long to get back into the station, car wash officials agreed to put in a paved landscape area in front of the car wash that firefighters could use, if needed.
Once the project’s city building permit was approved in October, city officials met with the developer and car wash co-owner, Evan Porges, to address any concerns, according to city senior planner Vicki Lombardo.
“We all met at the site when they first started designing it,” Lombardo said. “They cooperated with the city. They did a good job working with us.”
According to officials at the Prime Shine Car Wash, which has its headquarters in Modesto, Porges was unavailable for comment because he is out of the country.
Lombardo said the original design did not mesh well with the neighborhood, but the developer was willing to make alterations.
Tracy Fire Division Chief Dave Bramell said the car wash made assurances that there would be no impact to the fire department.
Mendez said Porges had been looking for a location in Tracy for a long time. She said he was seeking a central location with a lot of traffic, and the 11th Street site was the only one available to accommodate the lot size Porges needed.
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