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Car dealership may change location

by Bob Gaetjens | Editor Published: July 2, 2014 12:00 AM

The Volkswagen dealership, which was to be built along Route 14 in front of Shady Lake Apartments, may soon have a new site.

The Collection Auto Group, which hosted grand opening celebrations for Kia of Streetsboro and Nissan of Streetsboro June 21, plans to use vacant land between those Classic Drive dealerships to help accommodate the new Volkswagen dealership, according to Bernie Moreno, president of The Collection Auto Group.

"It would actually be an expansion of the Kia dealership," he said. "You'll definitely be able to tell which side is the Kia side and which side is the Volkswagen side."

He said the addition would be about 23,000 square feet, the same as the building which was planned across the street.

The open land between the dealerships is on the same lot as the Kia dealership, according to the Portage County GIS website. Moreno said he spent about $6.5 million for the dealership and land.

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Having three dealerships within walking distance will be very convenient for customers, he added.

"Typically, clients want choice," he said. "If you're looking to buy a car in that price range, you can walk to all three [dealerships]."

Having the dealerships in close proximity also would enable customers to get one appraisal of their car rather than three, he added.

The plan has yet to be approved by the city, said Moreno, pledging to work with the officials to bring in good development for the parcel in front of Shady Lake.

"Obviously, we want to work with the city of Streetsboro," he said. "We're marketing [the land] now. Obviously, if the town doesn't approve us, we won't sell it."

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While Streetsboro Planning Director John Cieszkowski Jr. said the city hasn't received plans from The Collection Auto Group yet, Mayor Glenn Broska said a special Planning and Zoning Commission will be set later this month to consider plans.

Moreno said he isn't set on his plans for the Route 14 property. He said The Collection Auto Group may sell it, but it may also develop another dealership there.

"I just have to buy the dealership first," he said. "The problem is, you've got to find somebody who wants to sell. We also have a parcel in Hudson to sell; it's a lot of land, about 14 acres."

Broska said he hopes Moreno will build a domestic dealership at the lot in front of Shady Lake Apartments.

"We had asked for a domestic dealer, and I don't know what that's going to be," said Broska. "I have a funny feeling he'll probably develop that property on his own."

The Streetsboro parcel in front of Route 14 is 7 acres, and the proposed Kia/Volkswagen site totals about 12.6 acres, according to Portage County GIS.

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