CASA GRANDE — An auto salvage yard is one step closer to coming to Casa Grande.
LKQ Corporation, a global supplier of automobile parts, received the nod for a conditional use permit and development plan from the Casa Grande Planning and Zoning Commission Thursday night. LKQ plans to build a 107,000-square-foot warehouse on 120 acres on the northwest corner of Thornton and Peters Roads. The building will occupy only a portion of the lot, which will be completely fenced in, and will also contain the offices for the company.
Cars would be dismantled inside the warehouse but stored outside in the lot. Casa Grande City Planner Joe Horn said the city has put restrictions in place on the type of crushing the company will be allowed to do. No shredding of vehicles will be permitted.
Crushing of cars will only be done at certain times and with a portable car crusher that operates with a four-cylinder hydraulic motor.
The warehouse will be 38.5 feet tall, much lower than the city’s height limit in the industrial area, which is 55 feet. Horn said the property will be fenced with a block wall on Thornton and Peters roads and will have chain link around the other two sides.
LKQ, a publicly traded company, purchases cars from insurance companies and private parties and dismantles them for parts, which it resells. The plant will keep the auto bodies in the yard until such a time when a particular part is needed. The facility won’t be open to the general public.
Vehicles will come to the yard on trucks.
A company spokesman said the company plans to hire 55 people initially with plans to expand its workforce to 75 or 100 people in the coming years. Locations in Chandler and Phoenix are being shuttered to go forward with the new site, and it wasn’t immediately clear if any of those employees would be transferring to the Casa Grande facility.