Am writing to express my disappointment in the city’s approval of this new car wash as it is being built and seeing what the final product will look like. I have built 22 car washes, of which one was in Sedona (Red Rock Car Wash). That intersection, plus the one at Main Street in Payson is part of what the city would reference as “part of the window to the city” for all visitors. The same was true in Sedona. I was required to grade the entire lot down 5 feet below street level, then build a berm 5 feet high, then haul in large boulders to be implanted on top of the berm, then plant 100 trees (five truckloads from Moon Valley nurseries in Phoenix). You would never know it’s there, unless you were given directions.

The City of Sedona planning department knew that each and every car wash, whether self serve or full serve, is still an eyesore and not an attractive architectural addition to the main thoroughfare. A real chance for the city of Payson to promote a better look was missed.

Gary Pederson

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