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Opponents scuttle contested Highland Park carwash
Opponents scuttle contested Highland Park carwash

In Los Angeles, even small-scale real estate projects can be overwhelmed by the city's complex procedures and bruising politics. Benjamin Donel, who decided two years ago to expand his business in Highland Park by building a carwash, learned that lesson firsthand. Donel, the owner of a Shell gas station on Figueroa, figured there wouldn't be too much drama surrounding his project. After all, there was already a carwash on the opposite side of the street, and another at the nearby 76 station immediately to the north. His next-door neighbors saw things differently. Those residents fought the project, arguing that Donel's plan would create unbearable noise and traffic....