Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

CarMax Revises Paramus Proposal

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

CarMax Revises Paramus Proposal

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PARAMUS – The nation's largest retailer of used cars this week continued its push to enter Bergen County's retail capital, as opposition for the plan continues to mount.

CarMax on Thursday presented the Paramus Zoning Board of Adjustment with a revised plan that it says addresses several previously raised concerns with their initial proposal to construct a used-car facility on Route 17. That same day, opponents of the proposal sent a letter of objection to the board over the plan.

The objection, filed the same afternoon of the hearing, is expected to be discussed at the proposal's next hearing in April.

"We went back to the drawing board after the first two hearings based on a number of comments, questions and concerns from not only the board and its professionals, but also" from those who criticize the plan, said James Delia, the attorney for CarMax. "We heard a lot of comments, a lot of questions, a lot of concerns. We believed we've addressed a lion's share of them, if not all of them, in this re-submission."

One of the changes, said Delia, was adding the adjacent lot and its owner – the Courtyard By Marriott hotel at 320 Route 17 North – as a co-applicant.

"There were questions raised with what is the relationship or what is the role of the Marriott property, so we joined them as a co-applicant," said Delia.

"Now you get to see the whole picture. You get to see the whole two lots together, to see how they will function together, and you can see the changes at the Marriott lot."

The Paramus Zoning Board of Adjustment first heard CarMax's proposal at an initial hearing in June, and then at a second hearing in August. Those applications did not include the Marriott property as a co-applicant.

After Thursday night's three-hour hearing, which only saw the testimony of the engineer who talked about the changes to the proposal, testimony was scheduled to continue on April 12. …

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