Autoworld brings new economy to old General Motors Plant 11 in Anderson, IN
By Rick Yencer
ANDERSON, IN - Autoworld will soon join south Anderson just a mile from the proposed $400 million Mounds Lake to bring economy to the once mighty General Motors Plant 11.
Mary Jamerson and her team of General Motors and Ford associates stood on that once manufacturing site with Mayor Kevin Smith and community leaders to throw that ceremonial shovel of dirt and trigger a new economy of new car sales on the the busiest street in the community, Scatterfield Road.
As cars drove by, Jamerson talked about doing the most good for the most people, by taking an old industrial site identified as a brownfield and using government redevelopment efforts to build a new $6 million auto dealership for both Ford and GM. That would move the current dealerships from north Anderson.
"We hope this will be a new beginning to create prosperity for the community," she said.
Calling the site mid-town Anderson, Jamerson see new development at the old GM site with the city capturing sales tax revenue from a Community Economic Redevelopment District that will help pay infrastructure and utilities for the site.
Greg Winkler, the city's development director, envisioned the entire GM site redeveloped as the proposed lake consumes the old Mounds Mall and the city rebuilds the mid-town area.
Jamerson saw updating current car dealerships according to GM and Ford standards while also incorporating a training center for mechanic skills with Ivy Tech Community College.
Smith talked about the tremendous change in Anderson's economy from manufacturing to more diverse high tech, food production and distribution. With a new car sales dealership, the city will capture a high end sales revenue to develop the site.
And the city pointed to the jobs created by the construction that includes Craig Duncan as contractor and US Architects of Yorktown that designed plans for the two dealerships.
Smith has seen plenty of job gains since taking office last year, A Honda parts supplier, GTI, located in Anderson and Keihin North America relocated its headquarters and engineering division there.
Mayor Kevin Smith and Autoworld owner Mary Jamerson along with community leaders break ground for new Ford and General Motors dealership.
Mayor Kevin Smith and Autoworld owner Mary Jamerson.