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New car wash coming to Cleveland Street in Elyria

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This story has been edited to reflect the following correction: The car wash will be at 801 Cleveland St.

ELYRIA — An Ashland company plans to open a new location in its chain of northern Ohio car washes in the city after City Council’s Community Development Committee voted Monday to rezone property on Chestnut Street.

Eric Bilton, chief financial officer of National Pride Equipment in Ashland and Ohio Carwash Holdings LLC, said his company is bringing a Buckeye Express Car Wash to the city. The committee voted to rezone property at 801 Cleveland St., a former Lorain National Bank branch, from “heavy industrial” to “business general.”

The committee heard that the building will be 108 feet long and one of nine such washes in northern Ohio. Others owned by National Pride/Ohio Carwash Holdings are in Ashland, Marion, Norwalk and Ontario.

When completed, it will offer free vacuuming, two bays, and employ up to a dozen uniformed workers making $12 to $20 an hour, Bilton said. Hours will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Buckeye Express also will sell membership-based passes starting at $18 for unlimited monthly car washes.

The Elyria Planning Commission approved the plans earlier this month.

“We feel like Elyria would be a good fit,” Bilton told the committee.

“Thanks for investing” in the city, Councilman Marcus Madison, D-5th Ward, told Bilton. “It’s a good location for this.”

In other business, the committee voted to send to Council on Monday the completed Fiscal Year 2019 Community Development Block Grant Action Plan, pending final approval by Council’s Finance Committee at its next meeting, 6 p.m. Wednesday in Council chambers.

Contact Dave O’Brien at (440) 329-7129 or do’brien@chroniclet.com. Follow him at @daveobrienCT on Twitter.


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