Too much of a good thing: Car wash surplus leads to drama

ESCONDIDO (KUSI) — Everyone knows we love our clean cars in Southern California. But Escondido could have the cleanest cars in San Diego County: 28 car washes and counting.

“We just need to look at this closer. Do we really need any more car washes in town,” said Escondido City Manager Jeffery Epp.

This came as a big shock to the local businessman who bought a piece of land, got most of it approved for a car wash, then the city pulled the plug.

“We did the environmental studies, we did traffic studies, who did everything needed and I was waiting for final approval. Then they decided to impose a moratorium on me,” said Wash n Go owner Neil Capin.

Capin invested a lot of money in the old skating rink, a place that has a lot of nostalgia, but it’s been shut down for 10 years.

“If someone wanted to build a skating rink, they should have done it,” Capin said.

After the city council voted in favor of the 45-days moratorium, Capin still has hope.

“What I hope is that the projects that are already in the works keep moving forward. I was almost finished with the whole process, we should be able to finish the project,” Capin said.

“I don’t think anyone is telling him he can’t build it, We just need a time out, take a look. Do we really need another car wash in Escondido,” Epp said.

After investing hundreds of thousands of dollars into the skating rink, Capin is not pleased.

“Why would anyone invest in Escondido, when something like this can happen. We should be allowed to “finish” the project. It’s just not right to start a project and have them change in midstream,” Capin said.

A final decision is expected within the 45-day moratorium.

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