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Tempe residents curious over new building being constructed

Posted at 6:28 PM, Mar 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-29 21:28:26-04

It's a building that's turning heads near the Loop 202 in Tempe, with many wondering; what is it?

The multi-story glass building sits along Scottsdale Road north of the Loop 202. Several people told ABC15 they've long questioned its purpose as crews continue construction.

"Every day I wonder, what is that?" said neighbor Linda Tello. 

The Phoenix-based company Carvana is building a car vending machine, the first one in the Valley.

Currently, the company operates eight others across the county, including one that opened Thursday in Tampa, Florida.

"We thought it was going to be a brewery," said college student Aspen Thomas. Other guesses included a cell phone tower, surveillance, indoor skydiving and apartments as neighbors curiously watched construction crews in recent weeks.

The online company, Carvana, which offers a platform for buying used cars, is trying to revolutionize the purchase process.

The company cuts out the dealership and offers two ways to receive your car after buying it online. You can have the car delivered to you or you, can visit one of the 'vending machines,' where a special coin activates the machine and moves the vehicle to the delivery bay, according to information provided by the company.

Unsure if curiosity will turn them into customers, some neighbors say they're just glad they finally know the building's purpose.

"I've never heard of such a thing," said MacGregor Gordon, who lives down the street. "That's crazy."

A Carvana spokesperson would not provide an estimated launch date for the Tempe facility.