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Burton Car Wash at 201-209 Canal St., in Brattleboro, Vt.

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BRATTLEBORO — Initial planning for bringing Burton Car Wash back to Canal Street is underway.

Connie Burton, owner of Burton Car Wash, said her former Canal Street car wash was being leased but the lease has been terminated.

“I want to put a new carwash up there,” she said. “The building, it is just beyond repair. So it really needs to be taken down.”

On Wednesday, June 22, Burton shared plans with the Development Review Board. DRB Chairwoman Maya Hasegawa said the board doesn’t approve anything in a sketch plan review but offers comments.

Burton is thinking about purchasing the neighboring property, where The Flamingo Diner is, and moving the diner closer to the street, which she said will give more space for parking. Then she would use her own property as well as the neighboring property to house a conveyor carwash, two self-serve wash bays and vacuums.

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“We’ve done a lot of researching on equipment and various things to be involved in building a project like this, but we don’t have lots of specific details for you,” she told the board.

The board discussed wanting to ensure traffic issues wouldn’t arise on Birge and Canal streets, and went into deliberative session after the presentation. On Friday, Zoning Administrator Brian Bannon said the board feels excessive paving is being proposed, onsite circulation is “confused,” and there would be several non-conformities with zoning regulations.

Burton anticipates the car wash would be open 12 hours each day of the week. Her family also has a car wash on Putney Road, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This article was updated at 1:30 p.m., June 30, 2022, to correct information about Burton's relationship to The Flamingo Diner.