WHITTIER – A small lot on Painter Avenue in south Whittier, which has been vacant as long as anybody can remember, is expected to be redeveloped into a car wash. The Whittier Planning Commission Monday, by a 3-1 vote, approved plans for Princess Globe Enterprise of Westlake Village to build a full-service car wash and oil and lube center on the vacant 23,000-square-foot lot at 8820 Painter Ave. “This site has been empty for a long time,” Commissioner Fernando Dutra said. “This is clearly an upgrade of the area.” Jeff Collier, director of community development, said the new business figures to help surrounding ones, such as the McDonald’s restaurant to the south and the mini-mart to the north. Planning commissioners raised concerns about the layout, saying the property might be too small. There might be problems with too many cars waiting in line to get vacuumed and taking up parking spots. “I have concerns,” said Commissioner Marcia Scully, who was the lone no vote. “If we’re going to approve (the plan), it should be for a site that’s workable.” Darkhor said there should be no problems because his employees will be driving the cars. Other commissioners, who voted for the plan, said they agreed with Scully but that on-site traffic was Darkhor’s problem to handle. “It’s a proper land use, and there’s adequate parking,” Commissioner Harry Stone said. “I have questions. But they’re big boys. It will be their people driving the cars. It’s their insurance company that will pay.” Commissioner Tomas Duran said he, too, understood Scully’s concerns. “(But) it’s the market that will determine the expansion of the shop,” Duran said. “If at some point it doesn’t work, they won’t be able to operate.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“It will create a synergistic environment,” Collier said. “Someone goes to get their car washed and then decides to grab something at McDonald’s.” It also will take away an “attractive nuisance,” said Collier, referring to the empty field on the site. “You have a vacant lot, and it’s not maintained well,” he said. Construction could start within six months, depending on how soon city permits can be obtained, said Mike Darkhor, owner of the car wash. “We’re going to build a beautiful building with a Mediterranean finish with cultured stones covering a clay tile,” Darkhor said.