By Nick Barry
FRAMINGHAM – Scrub-a-Dub went before the Framingham Planning Board on July 22 seeking several permits to construct a new car wash at the site of the former Clean Machine car wash at 1181 Worcester Road.
Scrub-a-Dub is seeking Major Site Plan Review and “Special Permit for Dimensional Relief to Off-Street Parking Design Standards for drive aisle width, walkway next to one-way drive aisle, location of driveway, location of snow storage, and off-street parking landscaping; a Special Permit for Car Wash Use, Special Permit for Land Disturbance/Stormwater Management; Waiver from Highway Overlay Regulations for landscape adjacent to buildings, sidewalk width, and landscape buffer in front setback; Waivers from Site Plan Review Standards for landscape adjacent to buildings, sidewalk width; and a Public Way Access Permit.”
No decision was made at the July 22 meeting, but the public hearing was closed.
The proposal will be on the Framingham Planning Board agenda again on August 5.
The proposed car wash would be a single building with glass windows and three stations, one of which would have an attendant.
The car wash would be very eco-friendly, as it will have recycling tanks and increased space for trees, grass, and other vegetation.
Other features include “a secondary driveway for a fast exit,” and a storm drain that funnels water through a storm treatment system.
While some members of the public were supportive of the new car wash, they had a few concerns.
Pat Scorzelli, a Framingham resident who lives near the site, was concerned about stormwater runoff and snow storage.
He was most concerned with traffic congestion and safety in the area.
“When people get on route 9, they’re hitting the gas…so they’re gonna be going fast and going slow real quick,” he said.
Scrubadub opened it’s first carwash in 1966, in Watertown. It has 20 car washes located in Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, including one in Natick on Route 9.
Nick Barry is a 2021 SOURCE summer intern. This is his second time interning with the digital news outlet. He is a student at Westfield State University.