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Car dealer develops restaurants on 28th Street

December 2, 2014
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A used car dealer is planning a $1.8-million project to convert two properties on 28th Street into restaurants.

The Wyoming City Council last night unanimously approved a proposed brownfield plan amendment for a project that involves two buildings on two adjoining parcels of brownfield land, at 1409 28th St. SW and 1425 28th St. SW.

Jeff Baker, the owner of Car City Supercenter on 28th Street, made the request to the council via Baker1515 Realty, LLC.

The project involves demolishing the vacant Crowne Automotive and Miller Equipment buildings at the sites, according to city documents.

The project should generate an estimated 80 jobs, 40 at each restaurant, and will increase the city’s tax base.

Brownfield sites

Baker said the restaurants have not been selected, and demolition will occur throughout the winter, with construction starting some time in spring.

The former Miller Equipment building qualifies as a brownfield due to environmental hazards after an environmental study revealed asbestos.

The former Crown Automotive Service building, built in the 1950s, is considered a brownfield, because it was deemed obsolete, as it's no longer used for its original purpose.

“There’s a potential room for two 4,000-square-foot spots, but alternatively, the potential also exits that if someone wanted to do an 8,000 or 9,000 square foot, then it would be one. But we think there’s more prospects for the two,” Baker said.

“I’m fully invested in the city of Wyoming and 28th Street, and it happens to be a great opportunity for me to help. If we can get downtown Wyoming going, then that’s good for everybody.”

Brownfield financing

The city amendment states that through tax increment financing, or TIF, Baker will be reimbursed for the cost of demolition and site preparation over a six-year period.

The cost for demolition of the properties was $75,000, but site preparation and other costs put the total TIF financing at $87,237.50.

The Wyoming Downtown Development Authority and Brownfield Redevelopment Authority had already approved the amendment, and the council's approval was the final signature needed on the project, said Barb VanDuren, Wyoming’s deputy city manager. 

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