February 7, 1988 |
After 16 months of fighting, Albert J. Granato Jr. and Sam Fiorvanti have come to terms over Fiorvanti's plans to improve his gas station in Upper Moreland. The property is next door to Granato's home. Fiorvanti originally wanted to add a car wash to the site at 2800 Easton Rd. He won approval for the facility from the Upper Moreland Zoning Hearing Board in October 1986. But Granato filed an appeal, claiming that the car wash would create too much traffic and noise in the neighborhood.
June 5, 1986 |
Steve Okun wears a white lab coat. He refers to his office as an emergency room and lays his tools - popsicle sticks, makeup brushes - out on a hospital cart. He is a specialist, and his patients are mostly British, German and Japanese, with a few Americans. But Okun is no doctor. He and his brother, Jeff, who dresses in similar fashion, run a carwash. Theirs is not an ordinary carwash, however - it is an auto appearance salon. The brothers, who hail from Allentown, have taken over an old flea market in Manayunk and created what they call a "health spa for your car. " They offer a list of services in the form of a menu, with the least expensive course being an $18 hand wash known as "Steve's Concours d'Elegance.
June 25, 2008 |
A Horsham car wash company and three of its managers have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the government, harbor illegal immigrants, and commit identity theft. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia said Car Care managers operated a scheme between 2000 and March 2006 that allowed car washes to hire illegal workers by giving them false names and a way to cash their checks at local banks without identification. The banks were given a list of employees who were authorized to cash paychecks without showing identification other than clothing bearing the company logo.
January 20, 1986 |
The Willistown Planning Commission has conditionally recommended that the Board of Supervisors approve a plan for a gas station and car wash on King Road. The developer, Reinhard Bets, submitted the revised plan Wednesday night. It provides for two entrances on King Road and drops a proposal for an entrance on Lloyd Avenue. The Lloyd Avenue entrance was scrapped by the developer because neighbors complained at a meeting in December that it would bring commercial traffic to a residential street.
August 12, 2014 |
THE HOT August sun beat heavily on 19th Street and Hunting Park Avenue yesterday. But that didn't stop Jameer Greer, 10, and Jhafi Sexton, 15, from standing at the corner, directing drivers to a car wash on the block. Greer and Sexton spent the day working the event at Time Out Car Wash, in Nicetown, as part of a fundraiser for WANPAE - Worry About Nothing Purpose is Alive in Everyone - a Philly organization that teaches preteens and teenagers entrepreneurship and how to pursue their passions.
January 15, 1987 |
Sam Fioravanti wants to add a car-wash facility to his gas-station business on Easton Road, but his neighbor objects to the noise and traffic that it could create. The neighbor, Albert J. Granato Jr., has appealed the Oct. 9 decision of the Upper Moreland Zoning Hearing Board, which granted Fioravanti a special exception and variance to proceed with his plans. Fioravanti contends that the appeal is frivolous and the delay is costing him a "substantial" amount of money in lost earnings and additional construction costs.
April 13, 1986 |
Everyone who has ever owned an automobile has probably taken it through a car wash at least once. Automatic car washes have proliferated in this country since the end of World War II, and although some car owners go to the car wash only once a year, others never miss a week. Unlike some in California, who regard having a clean car as an almost religious experience, car owners in the Northeast are mainly interested in the practical aspects - clearing off the slush, snow, salt and accumulated grime in winter and the bugs and dirt in summer.
September 17, 1998 |
About 330 students from Neeta Elementary School and 10 people from nearby businesses were evacuated yesterday when a two-alarm blaze broke out at the Medford Auto Wash. The 90-minute evacuation was ordered to avert an emergency in case the chemicals used at the car wash were released into the air, said Medford Police Sgt. Dan Newman. "There was some concern about hazardous chemicals kept inside the building," but no one was injured, Newman said. Car wash employees reported the fire at 11:39 a.m. when they noticed smoke coming from a storage room of the business at 725 Stokes Rd. Medford Lakes school superintendent Karen Bruner said most of the elementary school students were in a multipurpose room having lunch when police ordered their evacuation.
October 13, 1986 |
Despite protests from 15 neighbors and a township commissioner, the Upper Dublin Zoning Hearing Board has granted a special exception to the owner of the Amoco gas station at 2800 Easton Rd. to allow him to build a car wash. At its meeting Thursday night, the board voted unanimously to grant the variance to the owner, Sam Fioravanti. The car wash would be built two feet from the property line. Fioravanti's property is in a commercial zone that abuts a residential area.
April 6, 1995 |
The township gave up its fight against a proposed Route 1 car wash after the first round in court, agreeing Tuesday not to appeal a judge's order to grant the developer a conditional use permit. The decision, handed down in Bucks County Court by Judge Susan Devlin Scott on March 14, gives Francis T. Theuer the go-ahead to build a car wash on an old used-car lot just east of Woodbourne Road. The supervisors cited traffic and safety concerns in denying Theuer's conditional use application after a public hearing in 1993.