Two Silvernail Road proposals approved
Coast Car Wash to open at former Lake Country Auto Spa; McDonald’s to renovate

By Dave Fidlin - Special to Conley Media

May 9, 2019

WAUKESHA — Two commercial properties on Waukesha’s west side are poised for makeovers, following favorable votes from a city panel.

The Plan Commission on Wednesday approved proposals for a similar business at the shuttered Lake Country Auto Spa, 2200 Silvernail Road, and green-lit a revamp of the McDonald’s at 2047 Silvernail Road.

The owners of Coast Car Wash, who operate an establishment at 1676 Arcadian Ave. have purchased the Lake Country Auto Spa site and plan a number of tweaks in a footprint encompassing about 95,000 square feet.

Jeffrey Natrop of Renner Architects designed the changes and was Coast Car Wash’s representative at the Plan Commission meeting.

“This owner is very positive about the business and the neighborhood,” Natrop said of the interest in setting up shop at the Silvernail Road site. “He’s interested in making a big impression.”

 The plans in motion call for razing the easterly portion of the building, which housed an oil change operation, and replacing it with 17 vacuum stations. The remaining facility will stay and undergo renovations.

“It will contain a single carwash bay, which will run from the north side of the building to the south, as well as utility space, several storage rooms and two bathrooms,” City Planner Maria Pandazi wrote in a memo outlining the plans.

Commissioners made two favorable motions related to Coast Car Wash — one for a conditional-use permit, the other for a final site plan and architectural review.

The permit correlates to the establishment’s operations plan, which calls for being open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Eight to 12 employees are expected to work at the establishment, with no more than four on site at any time.

During deliberations, commissioners questioned why the panel was reviewing and acting on a conditional- use permit since the type of business was the same as the previous iteration.

“Even though the use is the same, I would say it’s appropriate for us to review it,” said Mayor Shawn Reilly, who chairs the Plan Commission.

Combing through the details, Reilly said, gives the panel an opportunity to look back at how the site has functioned and how it can be improved into the future.

Commissioner Joan Francoeur said she was pleased with the optics of the new facility, which include a red and white color scheme.

“It’s certainly an attractive proposal, especially compared to what’s there now,” Francoeur said.

As for McDonald’s, franchisees of the Silvernail Road site are planning a refresh of the eatery similar to renovations at similar properties across the U.S.

According to renderings submitted to city officials, the current white and red color scheme will be swapped out with a light and dark gray façade.

“This is similar to recent updated restaurants, including one on Kossow Road in Waukesha,” Pandazi said.

The changes at the Silvernail Road site will impact the interior and exterior, but some of the restaurant’s signature features — including the golden arches — will remain on prominent display.