By Jeff Gallatin
Area officials believe the city and automotive businesses in North Olmsted will continue to drive down the road to success together.
City Council approved at its Feb. 4 meeting changes for additions to the Mercedes and Porsche dealerships. In addition, council’s Building, Zoning and Development Committee was scheduled to hear last night a proposal for construction of a new dealership for the North Olmsted Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram.
North Olmsted planning and development Director Kim Wenger said the auto dealerships continue to bring good projects to the city.
“The North Olmsted Auto Mile does not disappoint with the latest round of proposed construction projects,” she said. “Most notably, North Olmsted Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram will be transformed with construction of a new dealership. This is a project that has been on the radar for some time, in the several years that the Hrnchars have been in North Olmsted. It is exciting to see their planning and hard work come to fruition.
“The Collection Auto Group is proposing additions to Mercedes and Porsche that will expand service capacity at both dealerships. They also recently acquired the Fox Auto building as part of their campus. These
developments show a commitment to North Olmsted as well as a commitment to their customers to provide the best service experience possible.”
Mayor Kevin Kennedy said the auto dealerships are an integral part of the city.
“We appreciate their willingness to have their businesses in the city,” he said. “They bring a lot to the city by being here and work closely with us to get them done.”
BZD Committee Chairman Paul Schumann said prior to last night’s meeting he’s looking forward to seeing the latest project.
“It’s already been through the
planning commission, and it looks like they’ve done a good job in putting it together to fit the area,” Schumann said.
He said the work is part of an overall positive trend in city development recently.
“We had over 70 million in property valuation and development last year (in North Olmsted), and it looks like we’re on our way to a pretty good year again this year,” he said.
Jeff Herwick, president of the North Olmsted Chamber of Commerce, said the high level of cooperation between city officials and the business community is good for all involved.
“Mayor Kennedy and his administration have done a lot make it that way the last few years,” Herwick said. “He and his staff do a lot to make North Olmsted a good place for businesses who already are here, as well as who might come into the city.”