Car wash owner dismisses lawsuit against West Chester, plans scrapped

The owner of the Flying Pig Carwash has dismissed a lawsuit against West Chester Twp. and scrubbed plans for a new car wash business off Liberty Way.

Flying Pig owner Emilie Parry and Liberty Way Investments voluntarily dismissed an administrative appeal they filed in Butler County Common Pleas Court against the township, over zoning denial for a state-of-the-art car wash on March 27. That means the car wash will not be built in the area down the street from Liberty Center.

In July, Parry told the zoning commission she wanted to build the “Taj Mahal” of car and pet washes on the south side of Liberty Way near where Steiner + Associates said it planned to build luxury condominiums. After several neighbors opposed the project, the zoning commission voted 4-1 to deny it.

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“There were questions on size, type of business, location, access points, there were numerous inconsistencies that the zoning commission deemed, in totality it added up to being inconsistent,” Aaron Wiegand, West Chester’s community development director, said previously.

“It wasn’t one magic bullet so what they’re doing is saying, ‘Alright, if we put together a preliminary plan that shows a car wash specifically on this site then you basically get to the point where it becomes an approved use.’”

Earlier this year Steiner + Associates filed an application with the West Chester planning department to change plans for the development from a 50,000-square-foot retail center to a 4,000-square-foot Flying Pig Carwash.

The zoning commission denied the request for substantial changes to the original development plan, that would have allowed the car wash, in January. Steiner withdrew the request before the matter was to be considered by the trustees.

“The voluntary dismissal of the developer’s administrative appeal for developing a car wash on this site, and the withdrawal of the applicant of a major change to the preliminary (plan), means that the existing zoning of the site will remain in place,” Township Administrator Larry Burks said. “This demonstrates that the existing zoning for the site adopted by the Board of Trustees correctly identified the appropriate land uses of this site and protects neighboring properties.”

Parry, her attorneys and Steiner + Associates have declined to discuss the issue.

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