The Autobarn today announced plans to convert the former Shure Incorporated headquarters on Hartrey to a support facility for its three Evanston-based dealerships.
222 Hartrey Ave. (file photo from Google Maps.)
Autobarn Evanston today announced plans to convert the former Shure Incorporated headquarters on Hartrey to a support facility for its three Evanston-based dealerships.
After Shure moved to new quarters in Niles, the building at 222 Hartrey Ave. had been purchased by a Jewish day school seeking to move to Evanston, but the city rejected zoning changes the school would have required and won a lawsuit filed by the school seeking to reverse that decision.
Autobarn owner Richard Fisher said the Hartrey site “will serve as a vehicle preparation, storage and display center, as well as a centralized site for administrative operations.”
“This will massively free up space and reduce congestion at our Chicago Avenue locations, Fisher said in a statement. “This new site will have the capacity for nearly 1000 prepared used or new vehicles for storage or display purposes.”
City officials have scheduled a news conference for Wednesday morning to provide details about the plans, which Alderman Ann Rainey, whose 8th Ward includes the site, says will accommodate the dealerships’ expansion needs with the goal of keeping all aspects of the business in Evanston.
The Autobarn first opened in Evanston 21 year ago at a time when there were five other auto dealerships in the city. It’s now the only dealership in town and sells VW, Mazada and Nissan vehicles here.