Paddock Chevrolet will shift some operations from its Kenmore location to another property it bought up the street, where it is breathing new life into a defunct dealership.
Real estate records of the December sale show that Paddock paid $850,000 for the former Jim Doyle Ford property at 3330 Delaware Ave. in the Town of Tonawanda.
The Doyle dealership had closed in June 2007 as part of Ford Motor Co.'s buyback plan to reduce the number of outlets.
At roughly 1.6 acres, the lot is almost twice the size of Paddock's original dealership at 3232 Delaware in the village, where it has operated since 1945.
The facility at 3330 Delaware will be the hub of the used-car sales operation, with an indoor showroom for about 50 used and new vehicles.
It also will house a dedicated parts/wholesale operation with a walk-up retail counter, according to Duane R. Paddock.
"You won't see much change to the exterior of the building," he said. "The entire inside will be redone."
The target completion date is Aug. 1.
The current used-car building at 3232 Delaware will be demolished, resulting in about 110 additional parking spaces.
Parking near the village location is a sore spot for Kathleen Layton, who lives around the corner.
"It's a nightmare," Layton said. "Paddock Chevrolet feels that Somerton Avenue is their parking lot."
"Getting onto Delaware from Somerton is a nightmare because Paddock Chevrolet has cars parked right to the intersection," Layton said.
Kenmore Police Chief Carl J. LaCorte said he has heard complaints about on-street parking in that area, and each one is investigated.
"The cars are parked legally," said LaCorte, who noted similar situations throughout the village -- particularly for motorists trying to enter Delaware Avenue from a side street.
"I wish there was something I could do, but, frankly, I don't like having to creep out, either," LaCorte said.
The employee parking lot across the street does not have enough space for the 140 employees, Paddock said.
"As a neighbor, I understand their frustrations," he said. "I've done everything I can do, other than be able to make land. When land became available, I bought the land.
"I have been part of the fabric of this community since I was 7 years old," Paddock said. "It's more than a business to me."
The purchase of 3330 Delaware led Paddock to withdraw plans for a second car storage lot at 199 Crestmount Ave.
"When we were able to make 3330 [Delaware] happen, I decided not to pursue the project on Crestmount," Paddock said.
During last week's State of the Town address, Tonawanda Town Supervisor Anthony F. Caruana congratulated Paddock for being recognized as the top Chevrolet dealer, for the number of retail cars and trucks sold, in the nation during the month of February and on the expansion of his business.
"All of this is great news for our local economy, as well," Caruana said.