A drive-thru car wash may become the first new building in years at Oro Valley Marketplace.
By unanimous vote Jan. 10, the Oro Valley Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval for Surf Thru Car Wash to construct a 5,490-square-foot building with 10 covered outdoor vacuum stalls on 1.5 acres at the southwest corner of Oracle Road and Water Harvest Way, close to the southernmost entrance to the Marketplace and immediately north of the burger chain In-N-Out. The proposal now goes to the Oro Valley Town Council.
In-N-Out may benefit by the project; revised design plans for Surf Thru would create sufficient vehicle “stacking” capacity near the two businesses to better distribute In-N-Out drive-thru customers.
“We’ll try to make sure circulation works well on the site,” said applicant representative David Little, with the design and engineering business WLB Group.
Surf Thru’s orientation toward Oracle Road is intended to “help minimize potential noise impacts” on nearby residences, a town staff report said. And, per code, Surf Thru would conserve 70% of the water it uses.
The site has been scraped for years. It was originally approved to be a gas station.
Plans for Surf Thru are not affected by recent town council approvals to revitalize Oro Valley Marketplace.