Updated: 08/20/2014 8:46 AM
Created: 08/19/2014 9:44 PM WHEC.com
For some it will be a hard transition, watching a school be turned into a car wash, but that’s what will happen in Greece at the closed Saint John’s the Evangelist Elementary and Middle School.
The Daniele family plans to put in a Royal Car Wash, but some people who live nearby are concerned about how this addition will change their neighborhood.
The school has been closed since 2005 due to budget cuts and low enrollment. Since then it has sat empty, and the church continued to pay taxes on it while they looked for someone to buy it.
Now, there is a buyer, but neighbors aren’t sold on the idea.
“I’m not very happy about it,” said Craig Ridd.
Neighbors like Craig Ridd have several concerns about the fact that the old Saint John’s the Evangelist School will soon be turned into a Royal Car Wash.
“I’m concerned about the noise, the hours and the car wash being open until 11 p.m. I don’t know how much noise they will be making back there, but I am sure I will be hearing cars of some sort and radios,” said Ridd.
“With any project we find there are a select few that are not if favor of the project, but here we have found that the preponderance of the people in Greece are for the car wash after we made a few revisions to the plans and vowed to keep some of the historic value on that property. I think that is ultimately what helped push the project through,” said Danny Daniele.
Danny Daniele and his family have run the Royal Car Wash for the past four years. They say even with the competition of other car washes just down the road, they feel the Royal Car Wash will be a success.
“What we offer is a quick, efficient service at a very competitive price with a super staff that is always happy and willing to help with a smile. We don’t accept tips, which is great for the customer and great for the expedience of that process,” said Daniele.
While some neighbors aren’t 100% behind the idea, they do understand that something needs to be done with the old building.
“I guess time marches on, and things have to change whether I like it or not,” said Ridd.
The Daniele’s plan is to have the car wash open by May. They also say they are looking at other sites around Rochester to expand, and they even plan on taking the business to Buffalo.
News10NBC did reach out to the church for a statement, but the spokesperson wasn’t available.