Carvana has agreed to pay $921,750 for the undeveloped parcel near Bannon Island Road and County Road 544, according to Haines City spokeswoman Stephanie Snively.
HAINES CITY — Carvana, the virtual seller of used automobiles, plans to construct a nearly $47 million facility in Haines City.
The Tempe, Arizona-based company has informed city officials that the development, primarily an automotive inspection and distribution center, will bring some 400 jobs.
“This is a game-changer for the city,” said Deric Feacher, city manager of Haines City.
Carvana officials did not immediately return phone messages for comment Friday afternoon, but representatives were given a green light for the project during Thursday night’s City Commission meeting.
Commissioners approved the sale of nearly 37 acres of city-owned property to Carvana, which is known for its no-muss-no-fuss method of selling cars and trucks online, with speedy, front-door delivery.
Carvana has agreed to pay $921,750 for the undeveloped parcel between Bannon Island Road and County Road 544, according to city spokeswoman Stephanie Snively.
The car dealer intends to construct a 200,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center on the site, 3901 County Road 544. Company inspectors will work out of the facility, which will be used to store an inventory of used vehicles.
The cars and trucks will undergo a 150-point inspection on site, and receive minor repairs such as fixing dents, changing oil, spark plugs and other minor parts, city records show. The refurbished vehicles then will be shipped to customers. The facility will be closed to the public.
As part of its conditional-use permit for a zoning change, the car dealer has agreed to install a landscaping buffer of trees and bushes.
Carvana sold 94,108 retail units in 2018, more than double its 2017 sales, according to Automotive News.
Carvana CEO Ernie Garcia has said the company hopes to sell 2 million used vehicles annually, which would easily make it the largest such retailer in the U.S., the magazine reported.
Sean Malott, president and CEO of the Central Florida Development Council, said in an email that Carvana's project is good news for Polk.
"We are hopeful to welcome new jobs and capital investment by the company into the community," he said. "Polk County is well positioned as the e-commerce distribution hub of Florida."
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