Community Manager's Report

I have had several Lakes homeowners stop by my office to discuss the pending Quick Quack Car Wash on the corner of Baseline and McClintock. For those of you who are not aware of this project, the proposed car wash is slated to be 30 feet high (3 stories), painted a bright yellow color with a bright yellow duck, and will have 16 car vacuums that run from 7 AM to 7 PM seven days a week.

The original use permit was appealed and will be heard again by the Tempe City Council on Monday, February 8 at 6 PM. The city has the discretion to approve the use permit or deny it based in part on how neighboring property owners feel.

This portion of the plaza is not owned by Michael Pollack, the owner of the rest of the plaza. Mr. Pollack is not in favor of the car wash at this location and has hired a law firm by the name of Rose Law Group to be an advocate against this project.

If any Lakes residents have an opinion, now is the best time for you to speak up. It is also very important that you attend the hearing on Monday, February 8 at 6 PM, but if you are unable to attend, please email the Mayor and Council members at

Another topic being discussed around the community concerns the growth in the number of short-term rentals, often offered by AirBnB, VBRO, or VayStays, to name a few.

Yes, we have them in our community and because we do not have anything in our CC&Rs to address this issue and various state laws protect them, we are unable to regulate them in any way at the present time. Let me know if you have any comments or input on this matter.

It was nice to see so many homeowners come out to the recent Board meeting. I like to see the Lakes community involved in our governing process.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me at 480-838-1023.


Community Manager's Report

Christine Baldanza

February 2018