Saturday, March 23, 2002

Auto store denied permit

Carmax local plan rejected

By Earnest Winston,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        DEERFIELD TWP. — Trustees have denied a request by CarMax Auto Superstores Inc. to build a used-car facility at Mason-Montgomery Road and Parkway Drive.

        CarMax officials said they have spent more than $100,000 on plans for the project, which included a 57,000-square-foot building with a showroom and offices.

        This week's rejection by the trustees followed recommendations by the township's zoning commission and the Warren County Regional Planning Commission to deny the project, mostly because the original intent of the site was for a medical facility.

        Trustee Barbara Reed recused herself from voting on the matter, she said, because she owns shares in a corporation that owns property adjacent to where CarMax had proposed to locate.

        The township's land use plan calls for a high-tech office on the space CarMax wanted to build.

        The trustees said the decision to deny CarMax's conditional use permit for a 16-acre site was because they prefer that the Virginia-based company locate elsewhere in the township.

        The Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati owns the 35 acres where CarMax wanted to locate. Zoning and Planning Director Tim Hershner said the Health Alliance is drawing up plans to expand parking at the site.

        “We're hoping that's a sign that the Health Alliance isn't going to walk away from this site anytime soon,” Mr. Hershner said.

        Mr. Hershner said the trustees have asked staff and administration “to start discussions with a number of medical users” for the site.


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