Car Wash Approved On Busy Road

The car wash will be built across from this busy gas station on Route 88. (Photo by Judy Smestad-Nunn)

    BRICK – Plans for an automated 2,800 square-foot car wash with 12 outdoor vacuuming stations for the corner of Route 88 and Kenneth Place were approved by the Board of Adjustment during their March 6 meeting.

  It was the fourth hearing for the application, proposed by JAC Operating, LLC, which met with opposition from about a dozen residents from Laurelton Heights, a neighborhood that will be fronted by the car wash.

  The lot, which is currently woods, is located in a B2 commercial zone where a car wash is not a permitted use, and the developer needed a Use Variance and a “super majority” of votes from Board of Adjustment members.

  Professionals, including an attorney, engineer, a traffic consultant, a city planner and an architect for the application, testified at the previous hearings. Public comment was also heard at previous hearings, so only a vote was held at the March 6 meeting.

  According to Brick Township Zoning Officer Chris Romano, the applicant’s attorney reviewed the case, the township attorney made some legal points based on what the board could consider, and it went to vote.

  Board of Adjustment members who voted in favor of the application were Wendy Evagan, Brian Formica, Glenn Fuchs, Darren Caffrey, David Chadwick and (alternate 1) Jennifer Leone Luddy.

  The only member who voted against the car wash development was Eileen Della Volle.

  Mike Jamnick was absent and (alternate 2) Rocco Lepore was recused.