WATERTOWN — Construction workers have begun building a Precision Wash car wash outside Northland Plaza off Eastern Boulevard — a project that is expected to improve the look of the long-vacant parcel.
D.C. Builders of Watertown, the general contractor for the project, started construction about two weeks ago on the 3,300-square-foot building near State CS Employees Federal Credit Union, foreman Richard C. Clark said. Construction of the automatic car wash, which will have five bays and operate 24/7, is expected to be completed by December, he said.
The car wash is being built by Evergreen Family Limited Partnership of Rome, which also operates Precision Wash locations on Coffeen Street, Washington Street and Route 11 in Evans Mills.
The company bought the 0.74-acre parcel in February for $250,000 from Mullins Properties LLC of New Hartford, according to Jefferson County property records.
The car wash, approved in November by the city Planning Board, is expected to serve up to 150 vehicles a day.
It will have two entrance/exits to facilitate traffic flow: one across from the credit union, and one facing the plaza.
Blueprints completed by Hogan Engineering, Rome, show two grass islands with trees and shrubbery surrounding the building. The island fronting Eastern Boulevard will include a mix of maple, Japanese lilac and Cleveland pear trees.
“It’ll be a big improvement, and it’s going to really make the surrounding area a lot nicer,” Mr. Clark said, adding that he believes there will be demand for a car wash on the eastern side of the city. “This is a good area for it, and there aren’t too many around here.”
D.C. Builders built the three other Precision Wash locations in the Watertown area, and one in Rome, Mr. Clark said. He said the firm is being assisted by four local subcontractors.