Car wash shouldn't impede fire station
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Jan 03, 2013 | 7348 views | 13 13 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This architectural rendering by L Street Architects, Limited, of Modesto, shows a finished look of the Prime Shine Express Car Wash which is under construction adjacent to Fire Station 91 on 11th Street near the Safeway shopping center.  Courtesy of the city of Tracy planning department
This architectural rendering by L Street Architects, Limited, of Modesto, shows a finished look of the Prime Shine Express Car Wash which is under construction adjacent to Fire Station 91 on 11th Street near the Safeway shopping center. Courtesy of the city of Tracy planning department
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City officials have approved the construction of a car wash adjacent to the 11th Street fire station, but its traffic flow is not expected to impede the egress of emergency vehicles.

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.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.

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prymshn
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January 06, 2013
Thank you for the spirted conversation about our business locating in Tracy. Prime Shine is a family owned business founded in Modesto in 1991. Since that time my father,myself and a very talented team have developed a really enjoyable place to wash your car. Our secret? We simply offer a high quality-value priced product in a beautiful facility with nice employees. I have been trying to find the right location in Tracy for many years as Tracy fits perfectly into our tri-county scope of Merced, Stanislaus, and San Juaquin counties. Finally I stumbled upon the Pombo's property that has been vacant for decades and it offers what we feel is a perfect spot. We worked closely with the planning dept. and the fire chief and settled on a design that everyone was happy with. We didn't give any city leaders "kickbacks" as was suggested...instead we paid significant city planning and permit fees that are used for the betterment of Tracy. Our employees are thrilled about this location and it will be our finest and most technologically advanced to date by far. Please visit our website at primeshine.com for more information or e-mail me directly at eporges@primeshine.com.

Evan Porges
Henry_Sugar
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January 06, 2013
My only concern would be how it affected the fire house next door. If the fire chief had a problem with it being built there, we would have heard about it (I hope) before it got to this stage.

That location has been a dirt lot since before Safeway, Orchard, McDonald's, etc., were ever built there. While I personally prefer the size of Tracy 30 years ago, I realize growth here is inevitable. If I had to choose between a car wash that employed a few locals or that same lonely dirt lot stuck between other established buildings, I suppose I'd choose the car wash.

Welcome to town. I hope your experiences here, both personal and business-related, are beneficial.
MrSycamore
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January 06, 2013
Welcome to the City of Tracy!!! The illustration of your car wash looks nice! It's a sight for sore eyes when I look over there. I'm not a planner but I'm sure City staff did the homework! Good luck and I'm looking forward to getting my car washed (only if the prices are reasonable). Thanks for chosing Tracy!
Sneaky
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January 08, 2013
Welcome to town. I checked out your website. The prices are certainly good. My only sort of negative comments are that this appears to be a vacuum it yourself deal, which I cant say excites me. I usually take care of my car myself but on those occasions that I do take it in I do it so that I dont have to do anything and/or because I dont have the time. It also doesnt appear that you have hand-waxing, detailing, etc, which accounts for most of my annual commercial car wash visits. I am just too lazy to do the clay bar, waxing, etc.. Any plans to offer additional services in the future?
EllieS
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January 06, 2013
Primeshine is a great company that hires LEGAL citizens (unlike many carwash places who only hire illegals) and has great customer service. They have free vacuum use and their washes start at $6/wash. I have the pleasure of having my car washed there in Manteca and Modesto and have NOTHING but good things to say! We will be lucky to have such an upstanding business in town!
Sneaky
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January 06, 2013
That really is a wonderfully ambivalent headline. "Car wash shouldn't impede fire station." Was the intent to restate one of the design criteria or was it to emphatically state a concern that it was going to do just that? Or was the intent to say "I dont think it will do that."?

doorsc
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January 05, 2013
Chris Roberts nailed it, he is right on the 'money.'
MrSycamore
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January 05, 2013
Great job City Council! I'm happy to see that businesses want to come to Tracy! More the better!
monsterdad3k
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January 03, 2013
Really? Is a car wash an appropriate use for this location? This is bound to jam up traffic at Alden Glen on weekends. Why can't the city leaders find ways to mitigate traffic insteaud of creating more of it? Go ahead and call me a NIMBY because I am a NIMBY.
ChrisRoberts
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January 04, 2013
Because city "leaders" only care about kick backs from developers.

Ever wonder why 1500 sq foot houses sit on 3000 sq foot plots all over Tracy? Follow the money.

OINK

OINK

OINK
PowerCaddy
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January 05, 2013
That lines up with a typical sized home built back around nineteen-fifty to nineteen-seventy Chris. FYI both Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak grew up in Eichler homes. Also, FYI, there is a more recent state law that mandates living spaces of varying sizes. The law says different sized living spaces MUST ( keyword MUST) be built.

While a 1500 sq foot home was considered a nice sized house in nineteen-seventy, today the average sized single-family home is a little bigger. It was not until after those housing policies under Carter that people started buying houses bigger than they could afford.

If we trail the money back to nineteen-seventy it would be fun trivia. But only if you are planning to leave bread crumbs for us to follow. Additionally, many of the homes on Highland to as far as The South Side (meaning the downtown and a little further) also fit that bill, but were built earlier than nineteen-sixty, so I'm afraid you are going to have to give us a clue.


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