Car wash redevelopment creates drama in Bellevue

Posted at 6:52 PM, Jul 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-21 16:01:38-04

A car wash in Bellevue that many believe is an eyesore at 28th avenue and Capehart is creating quite the stir Bellevue.

The property is owned by city councilman Pat Shannon who re-submitted his development plan along with a few choice words.

Shannon said he’s owned the property since 2015 and said his plans have fallen on deaf ears.

“I think they don’t like what we're doing with the property,” said Shannon.

This over $600-thousand dollar project calls for new car wash with a veteran’s center on the second floor. To complete the project Shannon also wants over $62-thousand dollars of tax increment financing.

“This would have been good all the way around for the city so I don't understand what the resistance is,” said Shannon.

So he takes a few jabs in a letter written to all city council members, the city administrator and the mayor. First to the city building inspector Mike Christensen who has previously critiqued the lot the run down car wash sits on.

“The city needs to go find a qualified competent chief building officer and replace that person,” said Shannon.

Then he called out state Senator Carol Blood as he accused her of using “her vigilante pals to ‘Complain, complain, complain’ because she wanted to get Shannon’s car wash” according to the letter.

“Carol Blood has always been a bully in Bellevue,” said Shannon.

Those comments puzzled Blood.

“I have nothing to do with any of this bizarreness,” said Blood who said she’s never recruited people to bash Shannon’s properties.

“There is no unified effort to take down Pat Shannon it's ridiculous,” said Blood.

Blood says Shannon is just pointing fingers at why his plans aren't going through.

“Quite frankly I think it's time for him to take a step back put on his big boy pants and take responsibility for his own act to constantly point fingers,” said Blood.

Bellevue City Administrator Joe Mangiamelli pushed back on Shannon's letter, "He makes disparaging remarks frankly we don't think merit discussion.

Mangiamelli points out Shannon’s plan to redevelop the property was defeated in 2016, because of the TIF proposal and Shannon hasn't revised his plans since.

“The project has to stand on its own and right now it doesn't,” said Mangiamelli.


The Bellevue city council meets on Monday on whether to condemn the property the car wash sits on.