When Dick Huvaere’s Richmond Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram wanted to make a complete overhaul of its dealership in spring 2021, it turned to Macomb County Planning and Economic Development (MCPED) for help. The $14 million renovation and expansion would include a new showroom floor, a state-of-the-art service department, parts department and car wash as well as create 30 new jobs. The project also included the installation of Level II and Level III fast chargers on site for PHEV/Electric vehicle owners.
On behalf of Huvaere, MCPED successfully reached an agreement with the Richmond City Council to establish a commercial rehabilitation district on the site. After the district was established, the MCPED team filled out the application (P.A. 210 Commercial Rehabilitation Act) asking for a commercial rehabilitation tax abatement and prepared all of the paperwork needed to accompany the application. The city awarded Huvaere a five-year tax abatement. Construction at the site, as well as 551,000 square feet of asphalt paving, plantings and decorative fencing, began in April 2021. Completion is expected in October 2022.