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Weaver’s biggest deal yet

The Union photo/Pico van HoutryveAn artist's rendering depicts the new Weaver Auto and Truck Center proposed for Idaho-Maryland Road near the Home Center in Grass Valley.
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Weaver Auto and Truck Center wants to build a new $6 million dealership on Idaho-Maryland Road that will replace a site on East Main Street the owners say they outgrew eight years ago.

The new location on a 9.44-acre parcel north of the Home Center will have 3 acres of landscaping, fast-growing trees to block the view from Highway 49, and 30,000-square-feet of buildings in a subdued setting that will have a “Grass Valley flair,” co-owner Matt Weaver said Wednesday.

Weaver Auto unveiled its plans to the public Tuesday at a meeting of the Grass Valley Development Review Committee. The panel asked for more Grass Valley “flavor” in the design and set another review for July 27. The auto dealer wants to begin construction Sept. 1 and finish in June 2005.



Matt Weaver, who owns the dealership with his brother Tom, said they have had to reconcile the requirements of General Motors with the desires of Grass Valley in planning the facility.

The design presented to the city includes a showroom and 26-bay service center that is completely enclosed. No repair work will be visible from the outside, and heating and air conditioning equipment will be located on the ground instead of the roof.




The buildings’ color will be beige with sagebrush stucco and stone to match the area, Matt Weaver said. Signs will be attached to the buildings, and monument signs will be placed at the two multi-directional entrances on Idaho-Maryland.

Weaver Auto was formerly designated a Pontiac dealership, but Tom Weaver worked “very hard” with GM to change to a Cadillac dealership “because the building is more appropriate for Grass Valley,” Matt Weaver said.

“There’ll be no obnoxious neon, no obnoxious signs,” he said. Leylandii cypress, which can grow 15 to 20 feet high in five years, will be planted to block the view from Highway 49.

Among other things, Weaver Auto will be required to pay for traffic signals at the intersection of Railroad Avenue and Idaho-Maryland, a $175,000 expenditure.

The dealership currently generates $24 to $28 million in annual revenue with 40 employees, but can’t grow at its current home Ñ 2.4 acres on both sides of East Main Street.

Matt Weaver said the current facility lacks parking, service customers have to wait for their cars in the showroom, and mechanics have to start work at the crack of dawn in the 12-bay service facility.

“We outgrew this place about eight years ago,” he said. “Our customers have been telling us for a long time that we need a new facility.”

The new dealership will employ 54 to 56 people and, Matt Weaver believes, double the amount of sales tax collected by Grass Valley “in short order.” The business generated $1.4 million in taxes last year. Weaver said that could be up to $2 million “in less than a year,” with about $2.8 million in two years.

Weaver Auto will retain its current car lines: Cadillac, Buick, Pontiac, GMC trucks and Jeep. Chatfield Construction of Lodi, a firm selected by GM, will handle the design and construction, but Matt Weaver said local subcontractors will have an opportunity to participate in the project.


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