Dirt work began recently on a new car dealership near the U.S. 59 and U.S. 400 junction.
The Mike Carpino Ford facility will be built on the west side of North 16th Street (U.S. 59) just north of the U.S. 400 on ramp across the street from Tom Davis Chevrolet. The existing dealership at 1100 Main St. will be relocated once the new facility is ready.
Carpino said on Friday that the ground would be ready for 2,000 tons of rock to be spread out next week. Following that, utilities will be installed and a concrete pad will be poured for the dealership building. That work is expected to be wrapped up three weeks later. A prefabricated metal building should be delivered in two weeks.
“The building should be going up before the end of November,” Carpino said.
The building will be 13,200 square feet, offering more space than the current facility, which Carpino estimated at 9,000 square feet. It will have 12 service stalls compared to the current seven.
Following completion of the building, the lot will be surfaced. Carpino on Friday didn’t have information on the lot size available, but he said the Main Street location actually has more lot space. The new dealership, though, will have a much more convenient layout, with one lot instead of one next to the building and the other across the street.
“It’s not as customer friendly when you have to pass a four-lane road,” Carpino said.
The new facility should be completed in April.
Mike Carpino Ford bought the Green Country Ford dealership at 1100 Main in March 2019. In June of that year, the Columbus-based company opened another dealership in Pittsburg. Developing that dealership slowed construction plans in Parsons. Carpino said he is excited the work finally has begun.
“It’s going to be so much more efficient, more economical to run,” Carpino said.
The new facility also will offer a much better experience for the customers, he said.
The dealership is hiring a couple more positions now in anticipation of the new location opening.
Parsons city commissioners approved an economic development incentive in February 2019 for Mike Carpino Ford to buy the Green Country Ford dealership and build a new facility. They agreed to give JOBS Inc., which owned the property on North 16th, $100,000 over four years to assist with the land purchase. Upon groundbreaking for the new facility, an outstanding loan made to Green Country and absorbed by Mike Carpino Ford in the purchase of the dealership will be forgiven. There was $161,000 left to be paid on that loan in February 2019.
When the new facility opens, the city will give the new dealership another $200,000 from a Union Pacific Railroad fund for debt reduction. The U.P. fund was created with a $1 million payment from the railroad to the city in an agreement when the U.P. was buying the Katy Railroad. The city agreed to drop objections to the takeover.
The debt reduction money is to be paid back to the fund from the increased sales tax revenue generated by the new dealership over the next several years.
The city will take possession of the current Mike Carpino Ford property after the dealership relocates.