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Car wash proposed for Ohio 82 east of Broadview Road in Broadview Heights

March 5, 2019

Car wash proposed for Ohio 82 east of Broadview Road in Broadview Heights

BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio – The owner of two Bedford automotive dealerships wants to build a car wash at the southeast corner of Ohio 82 and Town Centre Drive, just east of Broadview Road.

Michael Marcellino, owner of Motorcars Acura and Motorcars Volvo, would build the car wash on parts of a long and narrow “bowling-alley lot” and a second adjacent lot. He needed the city to break off part of the second lot and attach it to the main parcel.

On Monday night, City Council approved the lot split and consolidation. Now, Marcellino, a Brecksville resident, must submit a site plan for the car wash to the Planning Commission.

Marcellino told cleveland.com Monday that he hopes to build the car wash later this year. He would purchase the land from the current property owner.

According to the Cuyahoga County Fiscal Office website, the main parcel Marcellino has targeted for the car wash is about 2 ½ acres, and the second parcel is 1 acre. Both lots are empty.

During a Feb. 11 council committee meeting, Marcellino said he would build the car wash on a front 2-acre portion of the two lots, according to draft minutes of the meeting. “Another party,” he said, might buy and-or develop the rear portion of the two lots.

Marcellino told cleveland.com Monday he had “no idea” what someone might be planning for the rear portion of the two parcels.

Kristina Sorensen, Broadview Heights’ economic development director, told council that the two parcels are within the city’s Town Center Special Planning District Zone B, which allows a car wash as a conditional use. That means council would have to approve separately the use of the land as a car wash.

Also, under the city’s zoning restrictions, the car wash cannot sit on a lot measuring more than 2 acres, Sorensen said. That’s why Marcellino needed the lot split and consolidation.

In 2017, Bryan McIntosh, owner of Mia Salon Studios in North Royalton, proposed a car and pet wash on a parcel just west of the land on which Marcellino wants to build. McIntosh would have torn down the former Baker’s Automotive Repair to build the car-pet wash.

However, that plan fell though, and in 2018, Lastoria’s Auto Service took over the Baker’s building, moving its shop from the northeast corner of 82 and Brecksville Road in Brecksville.

McIntosh didn’t return calls regarding why the car-pet wash plan fell through.