A public hearing was held by the Macedon Zoning board of Appeals at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16 at the fire hall to an application made by Express Mart for 42 area variances and two special permits.
His house sits directly behind the vacuums at the Community Car Wash owned by Anne and David Morrell, at 131 E. Main St.
“We have a noise issue with the vacuums,” said Kevin Nasser, of Erie Street. “The few trees we have aren’t sufficient noise barriers. No one is against improvement, but to have two car washes, both of which will be across from my house, is an issue.”
Express Mart, operating at 123 E. Main St. since 1997, has submitted a preliminary site development plan which includes a car wash.
A public hearing was held by the Macedon Zoning board of Appeals at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16 at the fire hall to discuss that application and its request for 42 area variances and two special permits.
Express Mart acquired additional lands from the village through a land swap, said Betsy Brugg, attorney representing the service station. It has proposed an update to its building, including an enhanced food service, a more modern convenience store, new gas pumps with double-walled tanks and a 700-square-foot car wash.
“The proposed development would provide conveniences people look for in motor vehicle service stations today,” said Brugg. “Express Mart wants to offer customers as much as possible, while they are on site.”
The car wash would be an added advantage, Brugg indicated.
“Never before have we have had to listen to car wash blowers at 2 a.m.,” said Matthew Sims, village resident, reminding the board that Express Mart is open 24 hours. “The new building will be turned to face Erie Street, flooding the neighborhood with lighting and noise. It’s not a neighborly thing to do.”
Since it’s a busy area, Brugg said, car wash noise would be drowned out by noise at the intersection. And, the car wash has doors that can be closed.
“Everything is getting minimized,” he said. “I’d like to see the vacuums running during this meeting.”
Also opposing the car wash, David Rasmussen, attorney for the Morrells, pointed out that code prohibits car washes from being located within 500 feet of a residential area. He displayed a map showing Nasser’s home within a 500 foot radius.
“Residents on Crest Avenue would also not be buffered from the car wash,” he said.
If the car wash was left off the plan, most of the proposed variances wouldn’t be needed, Rasmussen added.
Eric Chapman, owner of a business in the village for 35 years, also spoke against the car wash.
He broke things down to the basics — the reason most residents were there.
“If you had a business that was that close to a proposed identical one, you wouldn’t want it coming in there either,” he said. “With the Express Mart car wash, there would be three car washes within three miles.”
Brugg argued that the car wash was a small appendage to the development.
“Then, get rid of it,” Chapman said.
Concerns were also expressed about variances to allow 32 parking spaces, where 46 are required by code, as well as six signs, when two are code-worthy.
When the county planning board reviewed Express Mart’s preliminary site plan at their Oct. 27 meeting, modification of the plan by eliminating the car wash was recommended. To act against that recommendation, the local board needs a super majority, a majority plus one.
Chairman Charles McGuire closed the public hearing, reminding attendees that the board has 60 days to make a decision.
Anne Morrell reacted to the hearing.
“All the variance requests that are important to residents and merchants were sugar coated, completely minimized,” she said.
She expressed thanks for support from business owners and residents.