Mark Motors Audi (1125-1149 Cyrville Rd) | 8.4m & 6.1m | 2fl | U/C
Mark Motors has acquired the properties at 1125, 1129, 1133, 1137, and 1145 Cyrville Road for a proposed automobile dealership to be called the Audi Terminal. The properties collectively have an area of 0.836 ha, and have 116.5 m of frontage on Cyrville Road. The Audi Terminal would be located in the centre of the frontage on Cyrville Road. An additional Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) building would be located towards the east end of the frontage. The majority of the vehicle inventory storage is in the interior of the building in a below grade parking garage (84 spaces) with 27 spaces at grade located behind the building.
I like it... although I agree with the UDRP panel comments that the pre-owned building could be more like the main dealership. I assume the concrete courtyard out front will be used for customer parking?
I can't remember which car dealership it was, Jaguar(?), but there was a similar dealership on Queen St W really close to the Eaton Centre in Toronto. At least, that was during the time I lived there (2008-2009).
With proper transit reducing peoples suburbanites dependence on cars to get downtown, they could convert parts of underground garages to dealerships, so storefront giving access to street level show rooms. These show rooms could have stairs down to the parking lot where they store their test drive vehicles.
Storefront dealerships would work brilliantly here...but the outdated rules for geographic brand proximity and territories limit what can be done because the legacy dealerships are guaranteed their markets.
Not nearly as schnazzy as those examples, but there's a long-standing Toyota dealership on Sainte-Catherine Street West in MTL that's on the first two floors of ona office building http://goo.gl/maps/hAlpj
There's a Mini dealership in downtown Toronto, and a GM one in the centre of Montreal.
Here in Ottawa, Surgenor was on Sparks where the Delta is now, and Myers was on Catherine at Elgin where the OPS is now. There was also a dealer on Slater (Campbell, Turpin or Belisle?) where that new Brocolini is being built.
Winnipeg also had Carter's just across from the University of Winnipeg. But it moved to the suburbs when GM pushed dealerships to modernize in the late 80s.
Last edited by Norman Bates; Sep 13, 2013 at 10:56 PM.