Overland Park commission advances plans for new car wash at 159th and Metcalf

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The Overland Park Planning Commission advanced plans for a new car wash in the Metcalf Village shopping center at 159th and Metcalf. The car wash, a rendering of which can be seen above, would be operated by GO Car wash, which runs three car washes in Overland Park already. Image via Overland Park Planning Commission documents.

A new car wash could soon be on its way to Metcalf Avenue in south Overland Park. 

At its Monday meeting, the Overland Park Planning Commission approved a special use permit for construction of a drive-thru car wash on the northeast corner of 159th Street and Metcalf Avenue.

The special use permit was required by city zoning code because the plans are for a stand-alone car wash that won’t be connected to a gas station. 

The 4,850-square foot car wash will have two drive-thru lanes and 25 parking spaces, according to city documents. The car wash’s lanes will be screened from Metcalf Avenue by its building and landscaping. 

The car wash would be operated by GO Car Wash, which operates several car washes across six different states.

The company already has 10 car washes in Kansas, with three in Overland Park besides the proposed location at 159th Street and Metcalf Avenue.

This would be the second GO Car Wash on Metcalf Avenue, with another one about a mile away at 8100 Metcalf Avenue. 

City staff said the plans for the car wash are a continuation of the development of the Metcalf Village shopping center, across U.S. Highway 69 from the still-growing Bluhawk development. 

At the Overland Park City Council meeting on Jan. 3, the original proposal for the car wash was denied and sent back to the Planning Commission for further consideration so the commission could review additional information about whether the site would be sufficiently accessible from 159th Street. 

The vote for the special use permit this week passed unanimously, with Vice Chair Kip Strauss calling the car wash a “good alternative use of this location”.

The final development plan for the car wash will be presented at February’s meeting.