Elgin Council considers incentives for Hopkins Ford remodel
By Mike Danahey firstname.lastname@example.org @DanaheyECN on Twitter October 22, 2013 2:02PM
An artist's rendering shows what Ron Hopkins Ford Inc. 1045 E. Chicago St. in Elgin, is to look like after it is remodeled. | Submitted
Updated: November 24, 2013 6:24AM
ELGIN — The city council Wednesday night will discuss entering into an economic incentive agreement with a longtime Chicago Street car dealership that is planning $1 million in renovations.
The agreement with Ron Hopkins Ford Inc. would waive building permit and development fees in an amount not to exceed $15,000.
According to supporting material for Wednesday’s committee of the whole meeting, Ron Hopkins Ford has been operating its new and used car dealership at 1045 E. Chicago St. since 1981. It employs about 45 people and last year generated about $150,000 in sales tax revenue for Elgin.
The work at the 35,000-square-foot facility would include an exterior facade update, adding a “Quick Lane” service bay for customers seeking routine vehicle maintenance, remodeling the interior showroom and office spaces, and upgrading the service and parts departments.
The city’s economic incentive proposal would fast-track the permit process and commit to waiving building, permit and development fees estimated to total $13,235.
Dealership general sales manager and partner Jeff Hopkins said that if everything goes as planned, bids will be put out soon, work should start in mid-November, and all should be finished by early June. The business will remain open during the project — the first major remodel of the facility, which had a smaller facelift about 20 years ago.
“The nice thing is we will be able to stay in the building. You’ll have to pardon the dust,” Hopkins said.
“We’ve been here and successful for more than 30 years,” Hopkins said. “We still see this neighborhood and area as a good customer base.”