Framingham Planning Board Approves Scrub-A-Dub For Route 9

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By Nick Barry

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FRAMINGHAM – A new car wash is coming to Route 9 west in Framingham.

The Framingham Planning Board last night, August 5, approved an application to build a Scrub-A-Dub car wash on 1181 and 1183 Worcester Road in Framingham. 

The applicant gave the Board an overview of the proposed new facility at a meeting in July. The proposed car wash would be contained to a single building, and would also have three stations- one with an attendant and two with kiosks. 

The permits that Scrub-a-Dub were a major site plan review, a “special permit for dimensional relief to off street parking design standards for drive aisle width, walkway next to one 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 and 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 Access Permit.” 

The Planning Board generally seemed satisfied with the proposed car wash.

However, Planning Board member Shannon Fitzpatrick expressed dissatisfaction with the color scheme of the car wash, but recognized that the board did not have a say in such matters.

“I find it somewhat objectionable, but we can’t mess around with logos and corporate colors,” she said. 

The Planning Board unanimously approved all of the permits.

No members of the public spoke, as the hearing was closed during the July 22 meeting. 

Scrub-a-Dub was founded in Watertown in 1996. It has 20 locations throughout New England, including one in Natick.

Earlier this year, Clean Machine sold its Route 9 property to Scrub-a-Dub.

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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.

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