GREENFIELD – A car dealer plans to tear down its facility on the city’s west side and build a new one in its place.

The project is coming to Dellen Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram at 2640 W. Main St. in Greenfield, and will include demolishing the nearly 25,600-square-foot commercial building and removing the parking area. To follow will be a new 25,800-square-foot structure for vehicle sales and repair, a new parking lot, new signs and landscaping.

Nick Dellen of Dellen Automotive Family told the Greenfield Plan Commission earlier this week that he’s excited about the endeavor.

“I think not only is it a significant upgrade to the facility that we currently have, which has been upgraded several times, and it’s time to tear that one down and put one up from scratch,” Dellen said.

He said he hopes to break ground before the end of the year, adding he estimates the project will take about a year to complete.

The new parking area will have 89 spaces, 183 display spaces and 78 inventory spaces.

Upgrades will also include four electric vehicle chargers in the parking lot for customers and two in the dealership’s service department for technicians to use.

“We’re having multiple chargers in there and getting ready for the new age of the vehicles that are to come, but at the same time offering the same great vehicles we’ve always had with internal combustion engines,” Dellen said.

He added there are no intentions to disturb the outside of the 8,000-square-foot structure in the rear of the property serving as the business’ storage department, but that interior upgrades are planned.

Dellen also plans to keep the trees on the north side of the property that buffer it from the homes beyond.

The Greenfield Plan Commission approved Dellen’s development plan 6-0 earlier this week. Joanie Fitzwater, the city’s planning director, recommended the approval.

“The style of architecture is appropriate and a very nice addition to our community,” she said.

Dellen told the Daily Reporter in an email that his family has owned the property since 1980, when his father bought it from Ralph Hockett. He added the last major upgrade was in around 2003.

Business will still be conducted at the facility until the new one is complete, Dellen said. The lot is big enough, he continued, adding that if extra room is needed, inventory can be moved to the business’ Chevrolet, Buick and GMC dealership across Main Street.