New Autoworld to relocate at old General Motors site in Anderson, IN
By Rick Yencer
ANDERSON, IN - New auto dealerships will rise from the site of the old General Motors Plant 11 on Scatterfield Road along with a new auto technology school on the other side of town operated by Ivy Tech Community College.
It is the type of development that will turn an old brownfield into a new commercial development with a $7.5 million investment and 30 new jobs.
Mayor Kevin Smith joined Anderson business woman Mary Jamerson recently to announce the new Autoworld facility that will include a Ford Motor Company, General Motors and possibly a third dealership.
"Mary Jamerson's investment in a Brownfield property is a positive event for Anderson," said Smith.
The relocation of the dealership allows the community to reinvest in vacant factory ground, new roads, water and sewer that will ultimately attract business growth in the area, the mayor added.
In return, Jamerson is donating its current Ford dealership on North Broadway to Ivy Tech to house a future automotive institute. That will provide a proving ground for new automotive technicians educated by Ivy Tech.
The development is the first Community Revitalization Enhancement District investment that will allow the city to capture state sales tax revenue and other state revenue to redevelop remaining vacant property that made up the old GM property.
"We are thrilled with the dynamics of these plans that allow us to honor our company tradition of helping build a better community for all," said Jamerson.
And Tom Snyder, Ivy Tech president, was looking forward to partner with the city and Jamerson to train a workforce for the auto industry.