Palatine car dealership’s plan to move to Mundelein gets green light

A suburban used-car dealership’s plan to relocate to Mundelein was given the go-ahead by the village council on Monday.

Autoland intends to move from 2240 Rand Road in Palatine to a vacant building on the 800 block of North Lake Street in Mundelein. It’s on the northwest corner of Routes 45 and 176.

It will take over an approximately 2-acre site that once housed Elite Motors but hasn’t been used since Elite moved to Waukegan in 2018.

The village council on Monday approved a special use permit that allows Autoland to operate on the site. With the same vote, the council approved a rezoning that will allow the outdoor display of cars for sale.

The board approved the plan with no objection and little discussion. Administrator Kerston Russell said he was very excited about Autoland’s move north.

“I’m glad to see we’re salvaging something from this building,” Russell said. “It’s really nice.”

In exchange for the permit and the rezoning, Autoland agreed to 21 stipulations regarding its operation in Mundelein. They cover delivery times, test drive routes, lighting, selling prices and other aspects of the business.