The old Redondo Beach car wash on Torrance Boulevard was finally leveled to the ground last Wednesday by Elite Demolition to make room for the new eco-friendly hydrogen-cell powered car wash that is expected to open in the beginning of March.
The old car wash was originally built in the mid-1960s, but has been vacant since closing in 2002. The property has reportedly been a home for transients over the years since it has been vacant. Graffiti encroached on the empty walls and weeds sprouted up in the pavement throughout the property. The building itself was dangerous and many parts of the structure had already crumbled.
The new owners, Ken Crow, Chris McKenna and Mike Wuerth, have had their eyes on the lot for over 15 years and according to McKenna, they plan to invest $1.3 million in the property and have signed a 35-year lease. The old car wash’s footprint of 5,500-square-foot will be downsized to a 3,700-square-foot carwash, and will be a flex-serve operation combining express wash services with traditional full-service. McKenna said he feels that is the direction the industry is going.
Brian Perazzolo, the owner or Elite Demolition, watched the buidling fall over a seven-hour period on Wednesday.
"It's exciting to see the new development taking place in community," said Perazzolo. "Its exciting to watch older structures be demolished and new development in the community."
Perazzolo and his crew used an excavator to bring the structure down and 18-wheel semi-trucks to haul away the debris. The asphalt was removed with a dozer. The only problem they had during the demolition was taking down the steel posts that held the old lights because they had disintigrated and were no longer grounded. According to Perazzolo they rocked north and south and they had to be careful.
"Everyone's ecstatic to see it go," said Perazzolo. "I've been getting a lot of great feedback from the community and neighboring homes about the structure being demolished."
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