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Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 1:00 am | Updated: 5:33 am, Wed Aug 21, 2013.

BEDFORD — A Bedford County developer plans to build a car wash and warehouse on a heavily traveled stretch of U.S. 221 in Forest.

Andy Maddox, of Maddox and Son Construction, Inc., seeks to rezone the property at U.S. 221’s intersection with Grant Road from a C-1, office district to a C-2, general commercial district for the operation. The county planning commission voted unanimously Tuesday to recommend approval to the Board of Supervisors.

Maddox and Son Construction built the Gables of Jefferson Commons, an apartment complex on U.S. 221 close to the proposed car wash, and are developing an apartment building in the Thomas Jefferson Crossings neighborhood. A four-bay car wash and mini storage warehouse with 300 units is planned in a vacant and heavily wooded area.

If the board approves rezoning the land to C-2 after a public hearing, Maddox would need to acquire a special use permit for the car wash. A mini warehouse is allowed by right in the C-2 district.

Maddox said Tuesday the car wash would serve as an amenity for the Forest community.

According to the Virginia Department of Transportation’s traffic data from 2011, the average annual daily traffic on U.S. 221 from Perrowville Road to Enterprise Drive is 21,000 vehicles. The number of vehicles the business is estimated to generate does not meet the threshold to require a traffic study.

Fred Fralick, who represents Forest on the commission, said the project would fit in well with and enhance the mixed use commercial and residential corridor.

“I think it’s a good project,” he said.

Maddox has said the site, when developed, is planned for 24-hour per day access but nighttime traffic would be minimal.

Also Tuesday, the commission appointed a 14-member citizen committee to serve as a “sounding board” as the county works to update the county’s comprehensive plan, a document for growth and development adopted in June 2007.

The committee consists of two members representing each of the county’s seven election districts:

Gary L. Pritt and Mark D. Gwin in District 1, Gerald Waters and David Lowry in District 2, Harold Brown and Jeff Graff in District 3, Robert Bashore and Josiah Tillet in District 4, Mike Thomas and Colt Johnson in District 5, Brenda Mosby and Barbara Fields in District 6 and Pete Fellers and John Briscoe in District 7.

The committee will begin meeting Sept. 3.

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