Hinsdale officials sour on car wash at Ogden and York

<p>York Road and Ogden Avenue in Hinsdale. | Sun-Times Media File Photo </p>

York Road and Ogden Avenue in Hinsdale. | Sun-Times Media File Photo 

A developer’s plan to build a car wash on the west side of the BP gas station at York Road and Ogden Avenue was not welcomed by the Village Board.

An office building on the site, at 133 E. Ogden Ave., would be removed to make room for a car wash and a 2,500-square-foot retail space.

Dan Soltis of Cima Developers sought to rezone the site from office to general business district, the same as the BP and Pride convenience store.

For the project to go ahead, the village also would have to approve a special use permit for a car wash and variances to the required minimum rear setback.

“We do have an uphill battle,” Soltis said. “We understand that.”

He appeared before the Village Board to see if village officials were at least interested in the project before the development team started what probably would be a six-month application and review process.

The proposed carwash would be convenient for drivers getting gas and offer cheaper car washes than are available at Fuller’s in downtown Hinsdale, Soltis said.

The village zoning code lists 14 standards the Plan Commission and Village Board should consider when asked to amend the zoning map. They include community need, impact on adjacent properties and traffic, and how suitable the property is for uses permitted under current zoning.

Village President Thomas Cauley, Jr., told Soltis he does not think the project meets any of the criteria.

Village Trustee Laura LaPlaca agreed, saying office buildings often serve as a transitional buffer between business and residential areas. If the office building next to the BP station and Urban Counter restaurant were replaced with a carwash, residences to the west would lose that buffer.

The proposal would extend the scope of the congestion and commercial uses at an intersection that was not thoughtfully developed in the first place, LaPlaca said.

The Village Board voted 4-2 not to refer the proposal to the Plan Commission.

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