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Dealership gets money for cleanup

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 1:59 PM

The Betten family-owned Preferred Chevrolet-Buick-GMC, 1701 S. Beacon Blvd., is prepared for a nearly $1 million project to bring the dealership up to date, as well as make environmental improvements.

“We’re pleased to see this investment in our commercial corridor,” City Manager Pat McGinnis said. “It’s a significant part of our community.”

A number of changes are slated.

“They are putting in an addition on the rear of the building and putting on a new façade,” Grand Haven Community Development Manager Jennifer Howland said. “They’ve got that old-style ‘gull-wing’ (façade), and they’re going to something more modern.”

The company intends to renovate the showroom, waiting room, restrooms, offices, conference room and service bay area of the building.

The new façade will be similar to other Chevrolet dealerships, and will come along with a 3,750-square-foot addition to the building’s west side.

The city's Planning Commission approved site plans for the development in January.

See the plans: Download the Related File (PDF) below this story.

Renovations will incorporate energy-efficient and natural lighting, local building products and contractors, and materials with recycled content.

Roman Wilson, a consultant from Lakeshore Environmental, said they’ve also produced a Brownfield Plan amendment related to the project's environmental concerns. Eligible brownfield activities will include a baseline environmental assessment, due-care plan preparation, due-care sampling and documentation, completion of a health and safety plan, and demolition work.

“The property has some near-surface contamination from operations of the prior business,” City Finance Director Jim Bonamy said. “The brownfield allows the increase in value to pay off eligible activities for brownfield cleanup.”

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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