WILLMAR — The vehicles that drive along Willmar's streets will soon have a spa for their very own.
The Willmar City Council at the Sept. 20 meeting approved the minor subdivision of what is known as the Patterson Parcel, the site of the closed Kandi Entertainment Center at the intersection of 19th Avenue and Fifth Street Southeast. The parcel is being split in two.
To be constructed on the parcel nearest to 19th Avenue will be Tidal Wave Auto Spa, a national chain of express conveyor car washes.
The City Council unanimously approved the subdivision plan.
"It looks like a good project," said Willmar Mayor Marv Calvin.
Based on the concept art and design provided to the Willmar Planning Commission in July, the facility will be constructed using materials such as stone veneer, a metal blue roof and large windows. There will also be numerous vacuum systems, serving 35 parking spaces. A landscape plan is also part of the design.
The business will use a water recapturing system, which reduces the amount of water the car wash will need to operate. It only requires a connection to a 2-inch city water line. According to Tidal Wave's website, the system uses approximately 32 gallons of water for each car wash.
The company offers an unlimited car wash membership program, though customers can decide to forgo membership and instead pay for each wash individually.
The Planning Commission approved the business' plan review at its July 7 meeting and at its Aug. 4 meeting recommended the City Council approve the subdivision request.
"This is not a run-of-the-mill car wash," said now former Willmar Planning and Development Director David Ramstad at the Aug. 4 Planning Commission. "It is a high-end, sophisticated operation."
Ramstad left the city in late August.
At the July 7 Planning Commission meeting, Alexa Turney, of Bowman Construction, which is building the facility, said the hope was to start construction this fall and have it completed next spring.
"We think this will be a really good development for this site," Turney said.