LITH approves Hertz outlet

LAKE IN THE HILLS – Hertz Corporation plans to open an automobile rental and sales facility off Route 31.

The Village Board on Thursday approved a conditional-use permit for the rental and sales facility at 9100 Trinity Drive, currently the site of Trinity Auto Center, which will close.

The location has been a car dealership since the mid-1990s, when the site was annexed as part of the D&S Commercial Park Subdivision,” Community Development Director Dan Olson said in a village memo.

When Hertz will move in has not been determined, said Jeff Wilds the marketing manager for the company. Details of the property lease need to be finalized by the Hertz corporate office.

“The whole area is growing out that way, and we’re looking to put our footprint in that section of the Chicago suburbs,” Wilds said.

According to the memo, Hertz plans to use the existing building and parking/vehicle display areas and has no plans to make additions or improvements.

As part of Hertz’s permit, the company is required to landscape along the east, south and west perimeters of the site, “so they are in compliance with the landscape standards in the zoning ordinance,” Olson wrote.

The landscaping must be done by May 31.

“Much of the surrounding area is already developed, and the conditional-use for automobile sales is intended to bring a nonconforming use into compliance, and adding another auto related use to the site will not injure property values or improvements in the vicinity,” Olson wrote.

There are no significant residential neighborhoods nearby, he said.

In other action, the Village Board approved a change to the municipality’s information technology services provider. The village is ending its relationship with Verity Three and going with Advanced Business Networks, based in Mundelein.

The contract for $36,000 will run from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, 2013.

“In discussions with Verity Three ... it became clear that their company is advancing in a direction that is less able to meet the specific needs of the village,” Assistant Village Administrator Shannon Andrews wrote in a memo to the Village Board.

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