Carvana withdraws proposal to build huge used car distribution company in Southwick
SOUTHWICK – Faced with massive opposition and possible legal action, a used car distribution center that has reportedly created a minimum of 400 jobs and paid $ 900,000 in property taxes has reportedly sought approval to withdraw its project from construction of a 200,000 square foot facility on a 137 acre tobacco field.
Carvana officials plan to request the withdrawal without prejudice on Tuesday evening during the final public hearing on the project. According to Roz Terry, of R. Levesque Associates, Inc., a consultant for the company.
Tim Ryan, a Springfield lawyer who opponents hired to represent their interests, confirmed the company plans to withdraw the proposal.
Carvana was applying for a special permit and approval of the site plan. The company also needed special permits for earth excavation, wellhead district and storm water.
At least four of the five members must vote to approve the permits for the project to proceed.
Carvana’s plan was to pave 66 acres of what is now a 137-acre tobacco field at 686 College Highway, at the corner of Highways 10 and 202 and Tannery Road. The property is zoned for industry.
Over the past two months, around 20 residents have trained Save Southwick, carried out hours of research and organized rallies that have attracted more than 170 people at a time. The group also raised over $ 20,000 to pay for legal fees.
Although happy with the withdrawal proposal, Diane Gale, co-founder, has pledged to stay at the helm of the company to ensure she does not come back with a new proposal.
“We’re going to make sure this goliath doesn’t come to this town. It doesn’t fit in this city, ”she said.