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Publish Date: 4/29/2005

Lexus shop planned for Frederick


FREDERICK — When people consider buying a new Lexus in Northern Colorado, they could one day think of Frederick.

At least that’s what Kent Stevinson hopes.

Stevinson, president of the high-profile car dealership company Stevinson Automotive Inc., announced to the Frederick Board of Trustees on Thursday his plans to build a 72,000-square-foot Lexus dealership in Frederick, along Interstate 25.

If that happens, it would be Stevinson’s second Lexus dealership in Colorado, he said, and it will be a nice one.

“This will be a high-end store,” Stevinson told the board. “Our hope is that this would be a community that we can build in.”

Bruce McLennan of SEM Architects showed artist’s renderings of the new dealership, a primarily indoor lot.

“We will create a complex that will truly be a gateway and that the town can be proud of,” he said.

The site is 8.2 acres at the I-25 Frontage Road and Raspberry Lane, just north of Weld County Road 18. The land is owned by Frederick resident Jim Yoakum, who’s also the developer.

Stevinson said that at least two more car franchises are interested in the project as well, but he wouldn’t mention names.

Frederick planners expect to see official building plans for the dealership next week.

Stevinson said he wanted to come to the board Thursday to announce his plans in advance so the community knew what was coming and could comment.

Car lots tend to draw concerns about lighting and noise, and Stevinson said he’s willing to address any community concerns in the planning process.

“Frederick shows a promising demographic,” Stevinson said.

He added that one can’t help but consider opening a business in an area that has seen so much growth.

Initially, he was planning a 52,000-square-foot building that could be added to later.

But because of competition and demand, he decided to build a larger, high-end building instead.

If all goes as planned, the dealership will open up in summer 2006 and bring at least 50 new jobs to the area, Stevinson said.

Mayor Eric Doering called the project a “hallmark along the I-25 corridor.”

He couldn’t help but comment on the planned name for the dealership: Stevinson Lexus of Frederick.

“It will be nice to have that name spread all over metro Denver,” Doering said.

Douglas Crowl can be reached at
303-684-5253, or by e-mail at dcrowl@times-call.com.

 

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