Revised car dealership plans about to go to city of Glenwood for approval |

Revised car dealership plans about to go to city of Glenwood for approval

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Vista Automotive Group president Rod Buscher said Friday that reworked plans for three car dealerships, where two budget hotels have been demolished in West Glenwood Springs, should be submitted to the city next month.

“We’re excited. We’ve gotten to the final phases with the manufacturers and we’re now getting ready to go to the city here to begin the process of getting our approvals,” Buscher said.

He said Honda, Nissan and Subaru have approved the revised plans, so next they’ll go to the city. The City Council had given a previous set of plans an unflattering conceptual review in January.

Councilors didn’t like a switch from housing three dealerships in a single, three-story building to two separate buildings measuring 20,000 and 22,000 square feet. They also criticized other features of the design such as lighting, finishes and colors.

Buscher said the plans must include two buildings because the manufacturers refused to share a single building. It’s the Honda brand that would stand alone in its own building while Subaru and Nissan would share a building, Buscher said.

The current dealerships in south Glenwood Springs have been sold, Buscher said, and they’ll be redeveloped.

Buscher said he’s optimistic city officials would approve the revised plans. He said of the differences, “It’s mainly just location, the way it’s laid out on the lot, and exterior features that will conform with the desires of the City Council. … The city has guidelines and we have to meet their guidelines and we are working hard to do that. We’re very optimistic.”

He said the “brand new state of the art” dealership buildings will be better than the aging motels were.

“We’re working hard on the design so they fit into the community,” he said. “We plan to be there a long time so we want to do it right.”

Vista purchased the 1st Choice Inns for $4.9 million and the Budget Host for $1.3 million last year and subsequently demolished them. It has sometimes used the site to display used cars for sale, which it plans to do for a big sale over Labor Day weekend.

Vista has donated an undisclosed amount to Catholic Charities to benefit people displaced from about 142 rooms between the two motels.

Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121

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