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Algonquin could be home to CarMax, but not all residents are happy about it

CarMax is seeking permission to explore a site in Algonquin, and it will request that the area be rezoned to a commercial space, senior planner Benjamin Mason said.
CarMax is seeking permission to explore a site in Algonquin, and it will request that the area be rezoned to a commercial space, senior planner Benjamin Mason said.

Algonquin soon could be home to a new CarMax dealership, and not all area residents are happy about it.

The nation’s largest used-car retailer is eyeing a spot at 2401 N. Huntington Drive.

The company is seeking permission to explore the site and will request that the area be rezoned to a commercial space, senior planner Benjamin Mason said. The general area already is home to numerous fast-casual eateries, retailers and grocery stores.

“We are excited to provide new customers there with our simple and stress-free used-car shopping experience,” CarMax spokeswoman Lindsey Duke said in a statement, adding that the company typically invests $10 million to $25 million on each new branch.

Duke said she anticipates the new store will occupy 7,400 square feet and employ 15 associates.

However, Duke said, this location is “not on our existing calendar for the next 12 months.” She said it can take two to three years to obtain all necessary approvals and construct the complex.

The matter will go before the Planning and Zoning Commission for a vote July 9.

Area resident Justin Roach said he’s strongly opposed to the dealership.

“It’s gonna be an eyesore,” Roach said, adding that he believes most area residents have concerns about it. “The test drivers will be using our residential area. We think it’s gonna decrease the home values.”

Roach said he’s prepared for a lengthy campaign against the dealership.

“We have a very strong group of neighbors who feel the same way,” he said.

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