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"Car vending machine" coming to Northeast Ohio, tower going up in Warrensville Heights

Posted at 4:49 PM, Feb 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-15 18:07:17-05

A “car vending machine” is making its way to the Midwest, with construction underway at its latest location in Warrensville Heights.

Carvana is a brightly lit tower of cars that will stand seven stories tall and be highly visibly off of Highway 271.

That’s why Warrensville Heights Mayor Brad Sellers thought his city would be a perfect fit.

“When you see the concept, it’s novel!” Sellers said. “And I knew the exact piece of property this thing should go. When you get to Cuyahoga County, this is going to be the first thing you see smoking up 271 North.”

The property used to be a derelict eyesore right off the highway, Sellers said, so he jumped at the chance when Carvana approached him more than a year ago. Now, construction is nearing the finish line and the plan is to open this spring.

The concept is fairly simple — you choose and purchase a used vehicle through the Carvana website and fill out all the paperwork online. Then, you can either have the car delivered to you — or, you can choose to go to the location, get a giant coin, and see it come out of the vending machine.

Carvana currently has car vending machines in cities like Houston, Dallas, and Austin.

And Mayor Sellers is attracting other unique businesses to town as well.

Adrenaline Monkey is a ninja warrior-style adventure gym, full of climbing walls and parkour, that is currently being built off of Renaissance Parkway. The 24,000 sq. ft. structure is expected to open this summer.

“From across the region, they’re like, you’re building what where? And who’s doing what where? In Warrensville? That’s the thing we get now! Oh, it’s absolutely going on in Warrensville,” Mayor Sellers said.