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Manteca OKs car wash on Airport Way
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Manteca may soon have an 11th car wash.

Plans for the second Prime Shine Car Wash location in Manteca were processed this week by the Manteca Planning Commission.

The proposed location is along the east side of Airport Way between Wawona Street and Daniels Street. It will be built on land where a house is now located immediately south of the vacant parcel on the southeast corner of Wawona Street and Airport Way.

Prime Shine already has a location in Manteca on Lathrop Road just east of Union Road.

The city’s 10th car wash opened last year on the northwest corner of Cottage Avenue and East Yosemite Avenue. Clear Drop Car Wash is a new generation of car wash technology that recycles as much as 98 percent of its water. It is also the only car wash in Manteca that has coffee/food service offered through Tony & Mrs. K’s. There are six stand alone car washes that do not require the driver to do the work. There are three other four other such car washes attached to gas stations and convenience marts. The 10th car wash is a self-wash coin-operated affair that is also part of Dribble’s set-up where you can have the car washed.

Manteca has a specialty vehicle car wash firm — Fleet Wash — based in the Manteca Industrial Park — that provides mobile service for truck fleets and other commercial ventures.

The new Prime Shine would involve a 5,129-square-foot building on 1.07 acres. It is designed to fit into future commercial ventures planned to the north and the south of the site along Airport Way. It will include 21 vacuum stalls.

The building of the car wash will require Prime Shine to widen Airport Way as well as install curb, gutters and a 10-foot wide sidewalk. Since it is part of a larger commercial development proposal, the building of the car wash will also require curb, gutter and a 7.5-foot wide along the Wawona Street frontage.

A new 8-foot concrete masonry wall will be placed on Gyllen Lane east of the car wash site. Originally, the street was proposed to turn north to connect with Wawona Street as a residential thoroughfare. It has been determined by city staff and fire officials that the existing dead-end street is adequate for emergency vehicle turn-around and there is no need to complete the circulation pattern to Wawona as there will be no additional homes built in the immediate area.

The car wash will have 29 parking stalls.

To contact Dennis Wyatt, email