A well-known auto dealership is wrapping up construction on two auto parks in the Poconos with an emphasis on environmentally friendly features.
The dealership also will increase its employee base from 250 to 400.
Ray Price, auto dealership owner, said he is building Ray Price Pocono Auto Park, an all-new auto park on Route 33 near Route 209 in Hamilton Township, Monroe County.
The project, which is estimated to cost about $25 million, should be finished with construction by the winter, he said. It will join the Ray Price Mount Pocono Auto Park, a second auto park that will finish construction this month farther northwest in Coolbaugh Township, near Kalahari Resorts & Conventions.
The Ray Price Honda dealership moved from East Stroudsburg to the Hamilton Township auto park in October and is the first of several buildings under construction at that site.
“There are more franchises coming along. We are adding showrooms for Ford, Chevrolet, Mazda and Volvo and service departments for all of them,” Price said. “In addition, we will have 400 used vehicles.”
The entire Route 33 auto park project covers slightly more than 32 acres, Price said.
“We knew we were outgrowing our current facilities, so we decided 10 years ago to find one location,” Price said. “Customers like to go to dealerships where they can look at lots of different brands in one spot.”
Construction on the Route 33 auto park should finish in time for a late winter opening, he said.
150 MORE EMPLOYEES
All of the newly constructed buildings represent a significant investment in the auto business and the Poconos, Price said.
The new Route 33 auto park location for the Honda dealership is about 20 minutes southwest from its previous spot in East Stroudsburg, putting it closer to Route 22, he added.
All told, once both auto parks are finished, Price will employ nearly 400 people, an increase from about 250, he said.
“We tried to make it as customer-friendly and efficient as we could,” he said.
The new Honda dealership also doubled the size of its previous showroom, doubled its service capacity and extended its service hours, Price said. Once finished, the auto park will have more than 2,000 vehicles on-site.
“From a customer experience standpoint, because we have so much space, we will have walking trails, a kids play area, both indoors and outdoors, and picnic areas along the stream,” Price said.
It also will have a community room available to nonprofits that can seat up to 75 people.
“We also tried to be environmentally friendly,” Price said.
The dealership left about 10 acres of the property unpaved, which will remain green, Price said.
The entire shop, parts and service area and almost the entire facility will have a green roof with plants and grass growing on it to help with rainwater retention, Price said. It helps improve and prevent runoff from getting into the stream, he added.
The land also has three large underground water retention ponds designed to do the same thing. The entire parking lot for the dealership is covered in porous pavement and concrete so water can flow into the retention ponds and help slow the water runoff.
All of the auto dealership shops are heated from recycled waste oil from all oil changes made by the service department, he added.
For lighting, all interior lights and lot lights on the exterior are light-emitting diode and connected to a daylight harvesting system which allows for partial power use. As a result, on a bright night, the dealership will use less energy to light the lot.
At the Route 33 auto park, Custom Facilities, based in Indianapolis, is doing all construction for the facilities. The main architect was Synthesis Architects, Schenectady, N.Y.
MOUNT POCONO AUTO PARK
The Ray Price Mount Pocono Auto Park will open this month with the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram dealership going up alongside the existing Ford and Chevrolet operations.
Construction on the buildings will be completed over the next year, yet open and operational by this month.
Oliver Construction Inc. of Norristown is building the facilities at the Mount Pocono auto park.