Proposal to give new life to old Bench car wash

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The old Like Nu Car Wash could soon look… like new.

A design review permit is under review with the City of Boise for the old car wash. Owners want to revamp the property and building, filling in the open car wash bays for future tenants.

Matthew Swank of Morris Hill, LLC owns the car wash at Latah St. and Alpine St. in the central bench neighborhood.

Plans show the property staying much the same, with the existing building remaining intact and the large canopy out front staying in place. Crews would build new walls to fill in the openings and add windows, doors and garage door-style rollup openings along the east and west sides of the building.

Tenants are not yet named for the property – work to prepare the building would happen first, followed by buildout for future building occupants.

In November, we reported commercial agents are looking for retail and restaurant tenants for the building.

“This property is undergoing redevelopment and is perfect for a number of different retail uses: restaurant, brew pub, coffee shop, retail shop, etc. This property is located in a neighborhood that is under-served for retail services and offers great bike and vehicle access,” a sales flier noted.

The current asphalt parking space in front of the building would be retained, but it is planned to left mostly open space. Fifteen vehicle parking spots are planned behind the building, plus six bike spaces.

The project will go through Boise’s design review process. A hearing date is not yet set.

It’s the second car wash conversion project under way. Workers are converting the old Car Tub on Bogus Basin Rd. for use as a bike shop.

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