Commission recommends plans for car wash, vet clinic


By Erin Achenbach, News Editor

The St. Louis County Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of a petition for a Club Car Wash on Telegraph Road and a separate veterinary clinic also on Telegraph Road at its executive session Nov. 7.

The first petition for an amended conditional use permit in the C-2 commercial district, submitted by Vetcare Partners LLC, was approved 6-0 by the commission. The plan calls for a CUP to operate a freestanding ATM and veterinary clinic in the existing shopping center at 4200-4300 Telegraph Road. No new developments are being proposed.

Planning Department staff recommended approval of the petition with no additional site improvements, highlighting that a vet clinic “provides a service that is essential for the welfare of St. Louis County,” and would not be detrimental to the existing surrounding development.

The commission also recommended 6-0 for approval a CUP to operate a Club Car Wash at 2675 Telegraph Road, the former location of Casalone’s restaurant. The proposal is for an automatic carwash with 16 vacuum bays on a 1.9-acre plot. There will be three access points to the site, one from Telegraph, one from Jeffersonian Lane and a shared access point with another parcel.

The zoning surrounding the site is primarily single-family residences, and planning staff recommended extending the landscape buffer along Telegraph Road as well as requiring that the vacuum bays be at least 100 feet from the western edge of the property, where it abuts residential housing.

The commission was set to hold a public hearing on another Club Car Wash proposal in South County Nov. 14 — after The Call went to press. That proposal is a request for an amended C-8 planned commercial district to allow for an automated car wash with vacuum bays at Lemay Ferry Road and Mehl Avenue. The tract in question, at 4500 and 4504 Lemay Ferry Road, is the site of a former Jack in the Box fast food restaurant and Jiffy Lube vehicle maintenance shop and totals 1.36 acres. The proposal calls for an automated drive-thru car wash with 20 vacuum stalls.