1960s Car Dealer Building to Get Piecemeal Renovation Tenant by Tenant

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By Mark BaratelliLAM Civil Engineering wants to convert the building existing at 1100 W. Colonial Drive (MAP) into a multi-tenant mixed use project. Quang Lam, Principal at LAM Civil Engineering, told the City Planning Division in a letter that the current tenant, Ultimate Auto Boutique, is anticipated to relocate Spring 2018. Phase 1 changes will include re-striping the existing concrete parking lot and adding landscaping along the front and west side. Phase 2 will begin "as new tenant occupy a space that tenant will construct the buildout as required." Potential uses according to Lam include realtors office, law office, commercial retail, mini-grocery and a banquet hall.

The building is a former Pontiac dealership that was in business from the early 1960s to 2010. The property used to have a large distinct neon sign for decades. It's hidden safe within the neon storage room off limits to the public at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. According to Roadside Peek, the well-known-to-longtime-locals neon Pontiac sign is one of the last remaining working signs that still display the original Pontiac logo.

The firm has requested of the City a growth management plan amendment to Mixed Use Corridor Medium Intensity, a rezoning to MU-1/T/PH and a master plan for the 2.7 acre property.