Proposed Luxury Auto Dealership Drives Concerns from Residents

Midwest Motors is proposing to move operations from Volo to the outgoing Capaccio Bros. Furniture property near the Mosley Hill and Orchards subdivisions.

At Monday’s village board meeting, more than 20 residents expressed strong opposition to a luxury and exotic car dealership relocating to the Capaccio Bros. Furniture building at 540 Cortland Drive.

The property has been on the market for the last year-and-a-half and Capaccio Bros. plans to close its doors in the near future.

The board of trustees ultimately voted to allow the proposal from Midwest Motors of Volo to tentatively move forward to the Plan Commission for consideration at the June meeting.

Among concerns voiced by residents from the Orchards and Mosley Hill subdivisions were increased traffic in the residential area where young children play, to the possibility of trucks blocking the only street leading into the residential area.

“I estimate we will sell between 20 and 30 vehicles a month; there is a truck dock that we would utilize for car deliveries so trucks will not block the residential street,” Benjamin Ripstein, Midwest Motors owner said.

Ripstein said deliveries-which would be limited to two to four times per week-would only occur during business hours which are Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. 

The business would be closed on Sundays.

“Test drives will be made by appointment only, and only for financially qualified buyers-no test drives will occur on residential streets, but instead on Route 22 to Fox River Grove and back,” Ripstein said.

Residents were also concerned about potential noise pollution and damaging the overall aesthetic feel of the entrance to the subdivisions. 

“I cannot see any benefit at all-these types of cars cause windows and chandeliers to shake-how are you going to quiet them down?” asked Randy Looke, a neighboring resident.  “There isn’t one car dealership in this town, and I don’t think there should be-that’s why I live here.”

“This is a residential area and we want to make sure it is presentable-please don’t let this go forward,” said Fred Baser, another nearby resident.

“I can assure you I plan to keep up the beautiful and manicured appearance that Capaccio Bros. has created over the last 20 years,” Ripstein said.

In regards to noise, Ripstein said though some of the higher end cars can be loud, activity will be limited to during normal business hours.

Capaccio Bros. owner Nick Capaccio-who attended the meeting-said he plans to close the doors of his business, and Midwest Motors is the first of many potential offers on the property he believes is an appropriate and solid choice for the village.

“We have turned down many offers to buy the building, because they weren’t the right fit,” Capaccio said.

Capaccio said Midwest Motors has high business standards, and if the village were to deny it, he would be forced to sell to another business that may not be a good match for the village or the nearby residences.

“We believe this business would be a perfect fit for Lake Zurich and its residents,” Capaccio said.

“We are not a conventional dealership; all of our cars are stored inside and there will be no big signs, banners or balloons. Our average car sells at $50,000 and above;we have a sophisticated product,” Ripstein said.

“Any mechanical work on these vehicles will be done at an alternate location,” Ripstein said.

Services that would be available on site would include detailing services, minor part replacement, fluids refill, tire rotation and adding air, wiper blade replacement and air filters.

As part of the proposal, Ripstein has asked the village to consider a 50/50 split of sales tax revenues generated from vehicle sales for a 10-year period.

“I want to purchase this building and I want to partner with the village,” Ripstein said.

Ripstein said the reason for the move is because his customers, which oftentimes are travelling from out of the area, have limited places to stay overnight or to even eat at in Volo.

“I think relocating here could be beneficial to bringing new people in to the village to stay at the Holiday Inn and patronize the wide selection of restaurants in the area,” Ripstein said.

The issue will now go before the Plan Commission for consideration, though no formal application from Midwest Motors has been received by the village yet.

“Should Mr. Ripstein get his application in, the hearing should occur at the June 20 Plan Commission meeting. That would be a public hearing to consider a special use permit, and for residents to ask questions and express their concerns,” said Dan Peterson, director of building and zoning.

All residents living within 250 feet of the proposed dealership will be notified by the village to alert them to the public hearing date and time.

“If you look at the overall business climate in Lake Zurich, this (car dealership) is where we have a gap,” Peterson said.



Say it isn't so May 08, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Doest Randy Looke own Sound and Video at 12 & Quentin? Not the best business to put there but at least it business!
QPierce May 08, 2012 at 02:12 PM
There actually is a dealership in Lake Zurich right of Rt 22. It's Midwest Muscle Cars and it's over 70,000 square feet of sales AND service. These are loud muscle cars right across from a residential area, but no one seems to notice, or even know there there is a car dealership there.
JF May 08, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Let's see. It's not another frickin' bank. Not another cell phone store. Not another uninspired chain restaurant. Not another salon. Not another mattress store. Not another buy-gold joint. It's a business that sells upscale goods and will bring in lots of tax revenue to the village. P-E-R-F-E-C-T! And note the message above. Noise and such doesn't seem to be a problem now.
DaddyO May 08, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Considering the anti small business attitude and policies of LZs village idiots (trustees), I'm shocked this dealership wants to risk moving to LZ. Good luck to them if they do.
Resident 225 May 08, 2012 at 02:50 PM
IF LZ were to entertain a car dealership there are much better locations for it than the Cappicco Brothers site. How about KMart - indoor sales room with plenty of parking and no residences except in the back. How about the old Amoco corner? Why would you put a dealership at the entrance to a subdivision? Midwest Muscle Cars is not at the entrance to a residential area. It is part of an industrial area. Those residents may not like Midwest Muscle Cars either but had no say when that went in. Maybe a space in the Industrial park is more suited to this business. As for the tax revenue, there won't be LOTS of tax revenue for 10 years!! That's the type of deal Suzanne is making. It won't impact the budget for 10 years!!!
DaddyO May 08, 2012 at 02:55 PM
FYI- Sound & Video was founded in 1994 by Randy and Tina Looke. http://www.soundandvideo.com/store/about-us/
Pay Pay May 08, 2012 at 04:58 PM
FYI: Midwest Muscle Cars does storage an service of Classic and Muscle cars- They do not own or sell cars themselves.
HaroldTheSquirrel May 08, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Revenue will be generated from the start...and will grow over the 10 year incentive period, at which all revenues will then go to the village. This building is already zoned for business...do your due diligence before you buy your house!!!!
David R. Smith May 08, 2012 at 10:20 PM
I can't weigh in either way on this issue but I can say from experience that zoning regulations don't matter. The board will meet and vote to grant special use permits which then sets a precidence for all other similiar cituations. The board does not listen to arguments and doesn't check their facts. Chances are, they won't even know what street the entrance is on. I heard the statement from them that a property owner has the right to make money off of their land. I guess laws and regulations don't factor in. I'm curious what special purpose permits the dealership requires.
sls1001 May 11, 2012 at 05:09 PM
By your usename it seems that you live in one of the two neighborhoods that Capaccio Brothers is in the enterence to. If you are not, I am sorry for this comment. If you are, I find it odd that you spell the Capaccio name wrong, especially since you drive by the sign everyday. From that I feel that you do not care one bit about Capaccio Brothers and what they have done. I have bought a lot of furniture from the Capaccios over the years, and at one time they were part of my Christmas by supplying my tree, and in my opinion they can run a business better than anyone in Lake Zurich. I support them in their decision, and wish them the best of luck in their future.
Eric Hann July 10, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Yeah...Randy Looke owns that company and another one too I think. He has been there for a for a long time too. Been inside once....nice place. I was told they moved from Palitine where they were forever because of Cook county sales tax. Smart move on his part and I dont think that the spot they moved to was a bad location at all. I loke it better than having that old concrete place there with all the trucks and stuff.


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