New Business Could Change Look of Pantops

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

August 9, 2005

A new discount mega store for cars may be headed to Albemarle County, but at the expense of a current business.

The White House Motel has been around for years, but the owners of the land are one step closer to changing it to CarMax.

The Albemarle County Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the preliminary site plan. The Commission also voted to allow outdoor displays of 184 vehicles. The only disagreement was how the outside would look. The Architectural Review Board recommended the plan, but requested a clause concerning landscaping--in the front area.

"The ARB has reviewed the proposal they currently have no objections to the request, with a condition related to landscaping. In addition to landscaping, a method of vehicle display is a potential concern and could have a negative impact on the entrance corridor," said Margaret Maliszewski of the Architectural Review Board.

Although there wasn't any public comment of opposition, an employee of the White House Motel said they do good business and all 35 rooms were full Monday night. He also said how much he hoped it would remain open.

The requests will move to the board of Supervisors on September 14th.

If CarMax does make it here, it may also be good news for job seekers. Last year CarMax was voted one of the best 100 places to work.

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