K&S Car Wash gets tax break to buy, renovate locations in Auburn, Sennett

A Cayuga County car wash chain is planning to add two new locations with the help of tax breaks.

K&S Car Wash plans to acquire Suds & Buds Auto Wash, located at 351 Genesee St. in Auburn, and Apple Auto Wash, located at 323 Grant Ave. in Sennett, for $155,000 and $445,000, respectively. K&S will then perform a multi-million dollar renovation on the properties to upgrade outdated equipment and bring the car washes “into the modern era,” Cayuga Economic Development Agency Executive Director Tracy Verrier said.

K&S Car Wash, owned by the Kubarek family, will receive $206,500 in financial assistance from the Cayuga County Industrial Development Agency. The project was granted a $184,000 sales and use tax exemption and a $22,500 mortgage recording tax exemption by the CCIDA board on Thursday, May 17. In January, the Auburn Industrial Development Agency decided it was best for the project to be considered by only the CCIDA, even though one of the locations is within the city, to make it easier for the business owner.

Verrier said the project “checks all the boxes for a project the IDA is looking for.”

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