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3 Minute Magic Carwash site plan approved with entrance changes

The owner of 3 Minute Magic Carwash, hoping to open a Farragut location, came prepared to a Farragut Municipal Planning Commission meeting Thursday, Oct. 20.

Jim Rooney plans to open a car wash at 11133 Kingston Pike, site of the former Calibur Carwash.

However, he faced a bit of debate with Town staff, who asked him to close one of the two entrances to the property.

“The double left turn from people turning out at Loudon Drive is the worry,” Community Development director Ruth Hawk said. The already existing double entrances at the car wash site have the potential of causing head-on collisions from motorists turning left from Loudon Drive, across the street.

Mayor Ralph McGill said he didn’t know why an already existing situation suddenly was a problem.

“As a longtime Calibur customer, I’m not sure I know what the big deal is,” he said.

Alderman Ron Honken agreed: “It’s had a similar traffic flow before and it never was a problem.”

Hawk said FMPC had the obligation to look at every new site plan and address potential safety hazards, even if those safety hazards already exist.

“Just because something’s there today doesn’t meant it’s necessarily the best thing,” commissioner Noah Myers said.

But Rooney said the double exits onto Kingston Pike were needed, largely to accommodate large equipment trucks and to help motorists who suddenly need to leave the queue, or who get in line without meaning to.

“Traffic flow is critical,” Rooney said.

“A traffic jam could cause a problem out on the Pike. We don’t want that for our residents; we don’t want that for our business.

Hawk amended the staff recommendation from closing the easternmost entrance to making it a right-out only exit.

FMPC approved the site plan.


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