North Naples residents weigh in on proposed Hyundai dealership at King Richard's site

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 Louis Marsala looks at a Hyundai Santa Fe SUV for his wife Friday Oct. 12, 2012 at Tamiami Hyundai in East Naples. Hyundais are among the hottest-selling cars in the U.S., and Tim Zellers needs more space. The president of Tamiami Hyundai Mitsubishi and Tamiami Ford have entered into an agreement to buy the King Richards amusement park site because his dealership a few miles south on Airport-Pulling Road simply is too small, he says.

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Corey Perrine/Staff Louis Marsala looks at a Hyundai Santa Fe SUV for his wife Friday Oct. 12, 2012 at Tamiami Hyundai in East Naples. Hyundais are among the hottest-selling cars in the U.S., and Tim Zellers needs more space. The president of Tamiami Hyundai Mitsubishi and Tamiami Ford have entered into an agreement to buy the King Richards amusement park site because his dealership a few miles south on Airport-Pulling Road simply is too small, he says.

— "You don't belong near Walden Oaks, period," Anna Multari, who has lived at Walden Oaks for 15 years, said during the meeting Tuesday.

Anna Multari is against the dealership opening near Walden Oaks because of the potential decrease of real estate value and the appearance of a dealership near residential homes.

About 50 people weighed in on the proposed Tamiami Hyundai dealership at the neighborhood informational meeting at the Collier County Public Libraries' headquarters branch, 2385 Orange Blossom Drive.

Tim Hancock, director of planning at Davidson Engineering Inc., presented architectural renderings of the dealership, a Power Point presentation and fielded public questions.

Owners of the land that's now home to King Richard's amusement center on Airport-Pulling Road have applied to Collier County government to change the zoning at the 11.3-acre family park to a 35,000-square-foot automobile dealership with related repair services at 6780 Airport-Pulling Road N.

The application is in the review process.

Top Hat Holdings LLC has a contract to buy the property and develop it, subject to the county's approval of rezoning for the property. The earliest the land would be developed is sometime next year.

"Like any good business, you want to be located where your customer is," said Hancock.

The dealership would employ 60 to 80 new workers.

Hancock assured attendees that the dealership no longer uses outdoor paging systems to call employees.

Some neighbors aren't concerned about a car dealership going there.

John Deangelis, of Deangelis Diamond Construction Inc., said the dealership will be a great improvement to the community.

"Whatever goes up there will be quieter than what is there," Deangelis, whose office is next to the now King Richard's, said during the meeting. "I think this will be a huge plus for Airport Road."

Currently, the development rules on the property allow for an amusement park, but not a car dealership.

The request needs to be scheduled for public hearings before the county planning board, which will occur no sooner than three to four months. The Collier County Commission would ultimately have to OK the plan.

Hancock said they will review where they can most effectively address the community's concerns. In some cases, that may mean adding limitations or additional standards to their rezone application.

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