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Main Street in Hailey will soon have a new building that harkens back to the Art Deco gas stations of the 1930s and 1940s.

The Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission approved a design-review application Monday for a 2,693-square-foot commercial building to house the Hailey Auto Clinic on three city lots at 610 S. Main St.

Architect Jay Cone represented Hailey Auto Clinic owner Alex Dunn.

“Alex was going for this Art Deco look. He wanted to make a strong statement, and it has been well received and that’s fun,” Cone said in an interview.

Cone addressed landscaping, lighting and other minor site concerns before the P&Z voted unanimously to approve the design.

The black-and-white Art Deco-style building will contain three auto-service bays and an office. It will feature glass blocks, a 35-foot tower with an exposed neon tubed logo and other trim lighting elements. The neon lighting will not be used after midnight.

“This is such a beautiful design,” P&Z Chairwoman Janet Fugate said. “The neon at night is ideal.”

Dunn, 35, traces his family history in the Wood River Valley back to the 1800s. He began working in the automobile service and repair industry when he was 15 at a Ford dealership in Hailey.

For 12 years, Dunn has owned and operated Hailey Auto Clinic in the Airport West subdivision. He said he plans to break ground on the new site within a week and complete the building by the first of the new year.

“It’s exciting and a little nerve-racking to do this, but the time is right,” he said.

Dunn said he currently employs only one other mechanic and a secretary at Hailey Auto Clinic, but has plans to expand his payroll.

“I’m hoping to bring on another guy or two,” he said.

Email the writer: tevans@mtexpress.com

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