Grand openings set for 2 dealerships near I-74

CHAMPAIGN — Grand opening dates have been announced for the new Illini Nissan and Ford City Ford-Lincoln dealerships on West Marketview Drive in Champaign.

Illini Nissan will mark the grand opening of its nearly 25,000-square-foot facility at 615 W. Marketview Drive, C, on Monday, according to a media release from Worden Martin Inc.

The Ford City Ford-Lincoln dealership, immediately to the west at 701 W. Marketview Drive, C, has slated its grand opening a week later, on Oct. 14. It will occupy a nearly 60,000-square-foot facility.

Illini Nissan will move from 1404 N. Dunlap Ave., Savoy, and Worden Martin Buick-GMC plans to relocate to that building, once remodeling is completed next spring.

Ford City Ford-Lincoln will move from 300 Carriage Center Court, C. That area, along South Neil Street in Champaign, is being redeveloped for County Market and Ace Hardware stores, among other things.

The new location on Marketview Drive puts the dealerships near the Prospect Avenue interchange with Interstate 74.

Complimentary shuttles will be available at both dealerships to take customers to area businesses while waiting for vehicles to be serviced.

The new Illini Nissan facility will include a covered vehicle pickup area, and the new Ford City Ford-Lincoln will have individual showroom areas for Ford and Lincoln, as well as an indoor delivery area.

Worden Martin will use part of the massive Ford City building to provide customers with fleet services.

Separate from the retail area, the fleet services department will handle heavy trucks, buses and service vehicles.

At both dealerships, waiting areas are equipped with Wi-Fi and have "business center-style amenities," according to the release. The lots can accommodate nearly 500 new and used vehicles.

The lots also feature an LED lighting system that dims to lower levels at night, with the ability to resume full brightness when customers enter the lots.

The lights are designed to reduce glare and minimize the halo effect common with parking lot lighting.

Plus, the new lights are expected to reduce overall energy consumption by 40 percent.

In redeveloping the sites on Marketview Drive, Worden Martin sought to minimize environmental impact by reclaiming and recycling most materials in the buildings that were previously there.

Steel was recycled, and concrete and asphalt were "repurposed" to provide fill for the new lots.

Custom Facilities Inc., a firm specializing in the construction of auto dealerships, was general contractor and used union labor for the project. Financing was provided by BankChampaign, in partnership with Morton Community Bank.

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JimmyB wrote on October 03, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Please tell the hard working tax payers how much of their money was give away to the Shapland family?