By Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2020

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) - A car retailer has dropped plans to build a vehicle inspection facility that was slated to create new 500 jobs in Virginia.

Carvana spokeswoman Amy O’Hara confirmed that the company had withdrawn plans for the plant in Chesterfield, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Monday.

Chesterfield Economic Development Authority director Garrett Hart said the county was informed of the decision last week.

The 191,000-square-foot (177,445 square-meter) facility would have vetted vehicles before they were shipped to buyers across the country. It was expected to be completed by early 2021. Carvana planned to invest $25 million.

Residents who had opposed the plant said they were pleased that the plans had been scrapped. Some had previously raised concerns about increased traffic on the road leading up to the proposed site, and increased noise from large trucks hauling vehicles and maintenance work at the plant.

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