Monday, September 19, 2011

If you willingly live across from a sewage plant, why bitch about a car wash?

Posted By on Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 12:28 PM

City Council is set to vote tonight on a proposal to rezone land at the corner of Tyvola and Park roads for an AutoBell car wash. Some residents of SouthGate condos, across the street from the site, aren’t happy about the proposed rezoning, and with good reasons.

The car wash would essentially be plopped down in the middle of an area of residences and park land. Also, Park and Tyvola is a very busy intersection, which gives pause to anyone familiar with the long lines of cars spilling into the street at other Charlotte AutoBell car washes. So normally, I'd think the residents have a strong case in opposing the rezoning. BUT. . .

Here's something not mentioned in news reports on the case. The SouthGate condos are just down the street (as in “less than a hundred yards”) from the notorious, stinky waste treatment plant on Tyvola, which gives that stretch of road its distinctive bouquet during the summer. Granted, the county made huge strides in de-stinking the plant, but believe me, I drive by there nearly every day and I can tell you that in hot weather, it’s still pretty damned rough. In fact, those of us in that part of town who are, fortunately, out of the plant’s smelly reach often wonder aloud how the SouthGate folks can stand it.

If residents are already putting up with the scent of raw sewage wafting onto their neat little balconies, it’s hard to see how an AutoBell could make much of a dent in their already seriously (or maybe comically) compromised "lifestyles." Sometimes bitching about rezonings is just too little, too late, and this seems to be one of those cases.

The smells bad enough, and now they wanna put in a car wash?
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  • The smell's bad enough, and now they wanna put in a car wash?

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