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The Giant Fitness gym on Route 73 in Mount Laurel would be turned into a car wash, according to the proposal.

A failed plan for a medical marijuana distribution center on the site of a Giant Fitness gym on Route 73 in Mount Laurel has turned into a proposal for a car wash. 

The Mount Laurel Zoning Board on September 2 denied an application to open a medical marijuana dispensary in the building, which is near the Evesham border.

» MORE: Medical marijuana dispensary plan denied.

Just seven weeks after the denial, another developer on October 21 applied to the zoning board to open the car wash at 1315 Route 73. The Giant Fitness gym would be converted to the car wash, according to the application. The applicant is seeking preliminary and final site plan approval at the board's December 2 meeting.

Developer Christopher S. Vernon, who lives in Allentown, Monmouth County, applied for the carwash through his firm, 1315 Route 73 LLC of Hamilton, Mercer County. The property is owned by Sam Balducci of Haddonfield-based Balducci Inc.

» MORE: The car wash application and supporting documents.

Site plans for the project, in an industrial zone, show a three-lane queue for waiting cars. Documentation with the application says the carwash line would not be permitted to overflow onto Route 73. Based on the plan, at least 70 cars could be accommodated by the queuing scheme.

The Valet Car Wash also would offer an indoor vacuum area with 13 spaces and an outdoor vacuum area with 38 spaces, according to the proposal. It would operate from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.