STOW – The owners of a proposed car wash will have to provide traffic control, but the plans were not unanimously supported by city council members.

City council voted 4-3 to approve the car wash to be located at 884 Steels Corners Drive. Ron Carlson of United Auto Wash proposed the car wash on a site west of the Sheetz property and east of a bike and hike trail.

Council members Brian Lowdermilk (Ward 3), Sindi Harrison (Ward 2) and Mike Rasor (at-large) voted against the legislation.

The property is zoned C-5 Highway Services, which permits car washes. Because of the property's close location to the state Route 8 exit ramp, entrance to the facility would be through the Sheetz gas station entrance. The exit would be a right turn onto Steels Corners or exit either way onto Hudson Drive.

Carlson moved the entrance pavilion closer to the building to create additional stacking area with a total of 35 stacking spaces for cars.

The 7,750-square-foot car wash will include four cleaning bays. The exterior of the building will be a split-faced block material and an asphalt roof. A detention pond will be located south of the structure.

Carlson is required to provide traffic control when necessary during peak times to avoid traffic backups on Steels Corners Road. Council members were concerned about drivers trying to turn left onto Steels Corners and backed-up traffic during peak days for car washes.

Council members unanimously approved the construction of 35 independent living villas.

Tom Finley of Omni Stow Villas LLC asked for a zoning certificate and site plan approval for an additional 35 independent living villas which will be part of the Vitalia Senior Living on Hudson Drive.

This phase of the project will be on 6 acres of land northeast of the existing campus. The proposed units will be similar to the existing independent villas in the development. The new buildings will include eight four-unit buildings and one three-unit building for a total of 35 units.

One of the buildings will be located 55 feet from the Hudson Drive right-of-way instead of the minimum 80 feet. A variance was requested and approved.

Finley owns about 13 acres that was formerly known as Gray Nursery and had a grand opening for the main building and villas. All the villas have access to the Vitalia Senior Living building, he said.

The new units will be accessed from an entrance onto Hudson Drive, 470 feet north of the existing Vitalia entrance and from the existing Vitalia circulation drive to the south. There are sidewalks on both sides of the streets and paths for residents to enjoy, he added.

This phase of the project adds $5 million to a $30 million project, Finley said.

The average cost for a villa is $3,500 per month with all meals, wellness and transportation included, Finley said. The more the services, the more the cost, he added.

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