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Old 03-29-2005, 02:29 PM   #1
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Default Studebaker Dealership - Home & Hobby shop

We purchased an old Studebaker dealership in town. Added a second level for the residence. and will keep the lower level for working on cars.

Here's a link to the newspaper story:

http://www.jsonline.com/news/wauk/nov02/93020.asp

Also: HGTV "ReZONED" will be filming the place this summer to be aired in fall.

Stay tuned.

Sorry... having trouble posting pics. says they are too big!

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Old 03-29-2005, 02:58 PM   #2
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That is awesome! I like the way you think.

Near my home, there was an old "store" that was being renovated to become a muffler shop. Being a transplant to this town, I had no idea what the buildings history was. When the tore off the old facade, it had been a Pontiac/Rambler dealer! I love historical old buildings.
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very cool! if you are still having trouble with the pics, email them to me and i'll resize them.

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That is GREAT! I saw a program on HGTV or Discovery or the Home Improvement Network or one of those last year that showed four different couples that had renovated old auto-related spaces into living and/or working quarters. Get some pictures up. I'd love to see them.

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There are a couple pics on the right of the main article...but it would only let me see one pic before wanting me to sign up!

The one I did see looked cool, though.
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Old 03-31-2005, 05:56 AM   #6
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luckydevil...

did you get the pictures that I emailed you?
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Ohekk- I got the pics. Here they are...
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Well done!!! very long low lines, almost Frank LLoyd Wright inspired, IE: Prarrie Style. It's always fun to see people with the vision to see beyond the shortcomings of an old building. If you get time, post more pictures of the inside.
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well Done.....now how about some pictures of the fleet
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WOW I love it. MORE PICS MORE PICS!!!!!!!
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I enjoyed looking at your new home, being a member of a planning commission it always is great to see someone take and old building and turn it into a great living place. That you help to improve your downtown setting is a joy to see.
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Old 04-04-2005, 08:38 AM   #12
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More pictures?

Could someone provide a step by step lesson in "How to post pictures"?
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OHEKK, To post pics you need to have your pictures stored at a site that has a specific address, URL, for each picture. I use www.photobucket.com for picture storage. It's free and once you get your pictures stored there, use their "Edit" feature to check size. You can resize your pictures to make them small enuff to load to the forum i.e. if your size is 800 X 600, reduce it by 50% to 400 X 300 which is max you probably want to use for Forum posting because of down loading times for those with "dial up" internet speeds. The 1st line under your Photobucket pictures is the URL (address) for that picture. You "Copy" that line and "Paste" it either into the text or your postings on Forum or upload your pictures for your signature, etc. To imbed pictures in your message text, click the "Go Advanced" message reply feature and then place the curser where you want to place the picture. Next, click on the Icon that's a little yellow picture of a mountain from the line above the shaded box where you type your text. A "Script Prompt Enter the text you want formatted" window will pop up. That's where you Paste the URL in the space provided and click on the "OK" button. Then you preview your reply before clicking submit to make sure the picture is as you wanted. Using these tools you can imbed pictures in text of your postings, as with the picture inside my shop, or add a picture to your signature every time it appears, as with the snow picture by my name below, and/or add an "Avatar" under your personal info to the left of postings area as shown with the small pic of the car and "Beast 2" avatar. It is best you use the "TEST FORUM" section listed on Garage Junkie web site's home page to experiment with posting your pictures. There are also some good help sources in the postings under the "Help and Suggestions" section of this site. There are many great features provided with this site!!! Good luck, hope this helps get you started
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Please keep us informed as to when the HGTV thing will be on. I don't get it but my parents do so I'll have them tape it for me.
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Old 04-23-2005, 07:06 PM   #15
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Default Finally!

I'm making progress in the "shop"!

I got the lift installed and working last night...a 2 poster VBM / Challenger and it works GREAT! In fact I used it this morning to put brakes in the wife's car.

The "Men's" room, complete with a urinal, and "Ladies" room are done.

What was formerly the "parts room" is now a hang out for the guys with a 100 year old bar.

Work benches are next, then some lighting. I had hoped this would've been done this past winter but I've learned to be patient.

I hope to spend more time going to shows & cruise nights this summer so some of the shop work will have to wait til next winter.

HGTV was supposed to come in July / Aug to film the project. Still lots to do!
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Need to see more pics!!
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Hi, Any updates on this project?

This is my first post and I've been browsing the archives. This thread jumped out at me. I love this idea. I saw that show on the Discovery Channel/HGTV too with people changing garages into living space (the fire station jumps to mind). If you're still around I'm sure lots of people would be interested in more pictures and the broadcast of your show.

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Man this is so awesome....and do you go ice fishing often?? Grumpy old men came to mind with your town
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Old 09-16-2005, 02:47 PM   #19
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Yes the HGTV photo shoot was done back in July.

It was a full day, 10 people, 3 cameras rolling and never a dull moment.

The program is called "ReZoned" with Tony Frassrand as host. One camera spent most of the day with my wife filming the residence above my shop. The second camera was with me in the shop, showroom and with my cars. The 3rd camera was off shooting everything else that didn't move! They have over 20 hours of video and another 3 hours of "Before" and During" construction footage that we provided them as well as some vintage photos from the 40's when it was a thriving Studebaker dealership. I'm not sure how it's gonna get edited down for their program.

We were told that "Rezoned" will start airing in October and they expect ours might be the 8th episode making it near the end of November.

I'll let ya'all know when we hear the dates.

Stay tuned!

PS No... no ice fishing for me! Though Waukesha is kind've a quaint litlle town just west of Milwaukee. Lot's of neat things happening here.
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Thanks for the update!

"ReZoned" sounds like it's all about commercial properties that have been converted to residential. The ultimate home makeover!
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No not really... it's about projects that convert one type of use to another.
It could be where a firehouse is converted into a restaurant or a home or old movie theater into an art gallery. There are many of these conversions/renovations occuring with in blocks of where I live. In fact, When HGTV was in town, they shot another project that our friends had recently completed. An old blcksmith shop that they converted into an office downstairs and a residence upstairs... should be aired about the same time as ours.

As my generation reaches retirement age and the so called "Nest " is empty, we are discovering the conveniences of urban living. Like us, many of our friends are downsizing by buying condos or moving into loft apartments in the city. High maintenence, high taxes and now gas prices are reasons to move from the country and into town where everything is within walking distance. We're lov'n it!
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Wow!!...lucky guy to have a wife that is into this kind of project and lucky to find and have the old garage to re-do
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Not lucky! we've neither inherited a fortune or won the lottery. Everything has been a result of our hard work. Been married to my high school sweetheart for 35 years and even that takes hard work. We spent about 3 years looking for the right building. This one took over a year to close the deal.

Not lucky but I am grateful!

Keep your eye open because there are a lot of places that have similar potential.

I am fortunate that my wife has both the vision and patience of what this place could be.
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I can't wait to see the show.

My hat is off to you and your wife, sir.
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Old 10-03-2005, 10:35 AM   #25
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Default HGTV reZONED

We watched the premier episode of HGTV reZONED with Tony Frassrand last night

Sunday 8:30 CDT.

They featured an old train station, Church, bank and a ferry that was converted into living spaces.

It was a pretty neat program and I like how it was produced.

It will be interesting to see how our project shows.

Tentative air date is Sunday November 20

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Definitely keep us posted and I'll make a sticky when the air date is confirmed.
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WOW!

Another one that drinks water from a "bubbler" Hey,

Hello from Cedarburg.
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Old 10-03-2005, 03:31 PM   #28
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mleitchle...welcome!

you're gonna like this place!

Yeah..."bubbler" and "soda" eh?
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We were informed that ReZONED is being "pre-empted" for Holiday programming during December.

Our project ( episode#108) is scheduled to be aired on Sunday Dec 25.
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Rezoned is now a part of my TIVO addiction. what a great show. I'll make sure and see this episode. The vision of some people is just amazing.

Did you see the one family that converted a dam and powerstation?!? wow.

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I bought a new '71 Toyota from Dan Israel at that dealership...my '69 Corona trade-in blew up about 2 weeks after the new owner bought it...OOPS!
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Dan presently lives out in Arizona, He stopped by this summer to see what we had done to this place.

He is an encylopedia of knowledge on old cars and has many fond memories of the old days.

I am much appreciative of the old pictures and historical information he was able to provide.
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The wife and I just love HGTV. We watch it all the time and we did see the one on the damn. Neat. You and your wife have a wonderful vision. If I understood you, your place will be aired on Christmas Day? Sunday the 25th of December? Look forward to seeing it.
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The Church Steeple that you see in the background is gone!

The Church which is in my back yard, started on fire last night and is a total loss!

Some of the stained glass was from the late 1800's

Here's the story:

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Damn, it didn't do any damage to your place did it?
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No...No damage to our place and fortunately we were slightly upwind from it.

The whole area was engulfed in smoke so some places are gonna smell for a while.
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That's a shame. Sounds like quite a loss for the community.
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Our home is featured on show #108 which is scheduled to air:

- 12/25/05 at 8:30pm and 12:30am CST
- 1/08/06 at 6:00pm CST
- 1/16/08 at 9:30pm and 1:30am CST

We've not seen it yet so not sure what to expect.
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I'll be there for sure.
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Tom sent me these pics taken during filming to resize for him.
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Our home is featured on show #108 which is scheduled to air:

- 12/25/05 at 8:30pm and 12:30am CST
- 1/08/06 at 6:00pm CST
- 1/16/08 at 9:30pm and 1:30am CST

We've not seen it yet so not sure what to expect.
That is just plain cool i will try to tape it love stuff like that. And hats off to you what a great task you and your wife acomplished. And sorry to hear about the church hope no one got hurt. have a merry christmas!
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Booooooo! I just watched the show and not near enough time was spent on the garage. But it's still cool to see all of that square feet that is available.
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OHEKK....I just want to say that my wife and I watched the show and were utterly amazed at what you did with that place. No words can describe it. Absolutely beautiful. Good luck on the Hot Rod shop they mentioned.
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We were a bit anxious as we had not seen a preview of the show!

Tony Frassrand did a nice job of presenting and the crew at High Noon productions did a fantastic job of editing. Yes, I would like you to have seen a bit more of the shop.

They did get plenty of the house, cars and the showroom.

Anyway, we are pleased and glad that it turned out so nice.

we're still taking a breather from the whole ordeal. Once we recover from the holidays, we hope to get back at it.

I have an office area to complete then can put the finishing details on the shop then hopefully get back to working on the cars.

Kevin, The Hot Rod Shop is kind've a retirement dream...something for me to do after I finish my personal cars.
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Well then you'll have to fix that lack of video with more pictures.

How much square footage of garage and showroom space do you have total now?
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Yeah...I'll have to go down and take a few pictures.

The whole lower level is 7200 sq feet which includes the showroom, 2 car garage for our daily drivers, the bar room, Men's room, ladies room,shop, a "Dirty room" for doing the messy work like welding , grinding bodywork, 2 storage rooms and a space that we are building as on office.

The show room is about 30 x 40
The shop about 4000
I still have a lot of work to do to finish it up. I'd much rather be working on cars than doing all this construction BS.

We did a LOT of the work ourself so we saved a lot of $$$.
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Yeah...I'll have to go down and take a few pictures.

The whole lower level is 7200 sq feet which includes the showroom, 2 car garage for our daily drivers, the bar room, Men's room, ladies room,shop, a "Dirty room" for doing the messy work like welding , grinding bodywork, 2 storage rooms and a space that we are building as on office.

The show room is about 30 x 40
The shop about 4000
I still have a lot of work to do to finish it up. I'd much rather be working on cars than doing all this construction BS.

We did a LOT of the work ourself so we saved a lot of $$$.
That is insane..... I thought I was going bigtime doing a double decker 3.5 stall! But there's no substitution for square feet I guess.
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Many of our friends and family indeed thought we were insane. During the demolition, we even began to think we were insane!

Once the roof came off we figured there was no turning back... and once the Spancrete deck was on, then it was like building a new house.

It was a lot of hard work but definately was worth it.
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Many of our friends and family indeed thought we were insane. During the demolition, we even began to think we were insane!

Once the roof came off we figured there was no turning back... and once the Spancrete deck was on, then it was like building a new house.

It was a lot of hard work but definately was worth it.
Does the spancrete span the enitre structure without posts?
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No...we had to install 3 columns and an I beam. When you see the video, you can see them setting the spancrete on top of the center beam. You may even see two of the yellow columns when they show the inside of the shop.

The main shop is 60 x 70 and the Spancrete spans the 60' with 2 - 30' planks

ceiling height is 12'4. plenty of room for the lift
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No...we had to install 3 columns and an I beam. When you see the video, you can see them setting the spancrete on top of the center beam. You may even see two of the yellow columns when they show the inside of the shop.

The main shop is 60 x 70 and the Spancrete spans the 60'.

ceiling height is 12'4. plenty of room for the lift
12'4"?!?!? Man! I'm not asking any more questions, I get depressed with each answer. I'd kill for that.
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Old 01-05-2006, 01:42 PM   #54
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Our Episode of ReZONED is gonna be rebroadcast this Sunday at 6PM CST.

Then the 8:30 Episode of ReZONED will feature my neighbor who renovated a turn of the century blacksmith shop.
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Thanks for the reminder. I'll put a post-it on the TV .
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Old 01-08-2006, 02:39 PM   #56
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Old 01-08-2006, 08:53 PM   #57
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Well, the Studebaker dealership wasn't there again tonight...wonder if they have different shows for different time zones?
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Old 01-08-2006, 08:59 PM   #58
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I saw it tonight. Very nice place!!!!!
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I'm on Dish satellite network - how about you, Hot Rod?
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saw it last night.
very very nice!!!
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Old 04-06-2006, 01:13 PM   #62
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Oooooh this is GOOD on so many different levels I don't know where to start!!! I would love to do that, but property tax must be killer. please post some more pics. I think we have a winner folks. THIS IS THE ULTIMATE GARAGE!!
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Old 04-07-2006, 04:42 AM   #63
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Live upstairs...shop downstairs!

For those that missed it: HGTV ReZONED episode #108 will be re broadcast April 30 and May 28 7PM E / 8PM C

I gotta confess...We didn't get as much done as we wanted over the winter.

I guess we needed to take some time off. As you can imagine, the entire project was stressful.

When asked: "What was the hardest part?" My wife responds: "Staying married!"

Part of my therapy was I was able to tinker on the cars for a bit.


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Old 04-07-2006, 09:29 AM   #64
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Wow, I can't wait to see the show on the 30th. Sounds like the ultimate place to live and play.
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Old 04-08-2006, 09:23 AM   #65
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Beautiful old building! every car guys dream residence.

QUOTE=OHEKK]We purchased an old Studebaker dealership in town. Added a second level for the residence. and will keep the lower level for working on cars.

Here's a link to the newspaper story:

http://www.jsonline.com/news/wauk/nov02/93020.asp

Also: HGTV "Building Character" will be filming the place this summer to be aired in fall.

Stay tuned.

Sorry... having trouble posting pics. says they are too big![/QUOTE]
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Old 04-12-2006, 04:27 PM   #66
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My uncle ran a Pontiac dealership for many years that had the exact same lay-out for the showroom and the main garage. He did not have the extra building on the right of the pictures. Very cool.

They remodeled the building several years ago and all of that history disappeared.

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Old 04-12-2006, 06:14 PM   #67
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I saw your garage/house on HGTV recently! Very cool place. I dig what you hvae done.
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Way too stinkin' cool! The only thing better would be if it were a Dodge/Plymouth dealership! You have to post tons of pix...we are all chomping at the bit to take an insider's tour! Thanks for the post.
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Old 04-13-2006, 05:21 PM   #69
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Just a Beginner...

as a matter of fact... the original building did NOT have that building on the right. At one time that was an alley that ran alongside the building. The "Body shop" was added years later.

We are presently using the back half of that addition for a "Dirty Room" where I can do all the nasty welding, grinding bodywork etc.

The front half we are creating an efficiency appartment / small office.

Do you have any pictures of your uncle's dealership?
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Wow! I just found this thread. I have seen that episode of reZoned a couple of times now. As I'm nearing retirement age, I had often told my wife that I would love to have an old dealership. She just rolled her eyes.

She watched the show one night with me and has now changed her mind. An old dealership would be cool!! You have a great place!! I doubt that I could afford one like yours, but maybe on a smaller scale.


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Old 04-28-2006, 10:55 AM   #71
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For those that might've missed it, ReZONED will be broadcast this Sunday April 30 at 7:00 E then again May 28th

Check it out!

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Old 04-28-2006, 07:19 PM   #72
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thanks - Ive seen it once but need to see it again. I'll tape it this time. You have an awesome place!
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You have helped to inspire me to emulate your move. Yesterday I went and walked throught the old Chevrolet dealership here in town! It is actually within reach......a few downers: little town-not sure how stable the economy is here, worried about the city and zoning to try and live in a commercial building and I am recently self-employed and I am afraid it will be tough to get financing. Other than that-its all good! We are close on price early-on which is a good thing-there are no realtors involved to save some $$. The shop has (1) in-ground lift now and I can add my 2 post above ground, it has a large compressor which she doesn't want to move . The roof still has a few years of warranty on it-she has documentation that the inground tanks have been removed and all the asbestos has also been removed from the ceiling. It has a large parking lot(duh) which my friend wants to make into a local cruise spot(maybe not such a bad idea!). What do you guys think? I think it would be almost perfect.
Input please and anything else I should be looking at or questioning?

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You have helped to inspire me to emulate your move. Yesterday I went and walked throught the old Chevrolet dealership here in town! It is actually within reach......a few downers: little town-not sure how stable the economy is here, worried about the city and zoning to try and live in a commercial building and I am recently self-employed and I am afraid it will be tough to get financing. Other than that-its all good! We are close on price early-on which is a good thing-there are no realtors involved to save some $$. The shop has (1) in-ground lift now and I can add my 2 post above ground, it has a large compressor which she doesn't want to move . The roof still has a few years of warranty on it-she has documentation that the inground tanks have been removed and all the asbestos has also been removed from the ceiling. It has a large parking lot(duh) which my friend wants to make into a local cruise spot(maybe not such a bad idea!). What do you guys think? I think it would be almost perfect.
Input please and anything else I should be looking at or questioning?

Greg

I snoozed on a 1920's era Ford dealership, most recently a one man
transmission shop. $150,000 would have done the deal on this 2 acre
spread in the center of town. Roof was decent with no leaks that I could
find brick building with mostly original doors and windows. Had an apartment
already in it that could have been reworked. Propertyt taxes were higher
than what ida liked but a sale at $150,000 would have been a good
arguement to get them reduced. Last year the city bought it for $350,000
and will probably tear it down for a parking lot.
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Old 04-30-2006, 10:56 AM   #75
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Novaguy

Sounds like you're doing your homework! IE underground tanks, asbestos, roof etc.

In our case, the environmental inspection was done previuosly so we started with a clean bill of health. It was however, the condition of the roof that helped motivate the seller.

The roof leaked so bad and it would've cost nearly $30+ to repair / replace.

Since our intent was to remove it anyway to add the upper level, we looked at that as a plus.

when we bought our place, this end of town was rather blighted. Now the area is being revitalized and we like to think our project helped encourage others to do the same.

If you are worried about the city, may I suggest you visit our City and see what fueled our rennasiance.

Waukesha is now considered Wisconsin's "Best Kept Secret"!

Good luck with your project!
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You have helped to inspire me to emulate your move. Yesterday I went and walked throught the old Chevrolet dealership here in town! It is actually within reach......a few downers: little town-not sure how stable the economy is here, worried about the city and zoning to try and live in a commercial building and I am recently self-employed and I am afraid it will be tough to get financing. Other than that-its all good! We are close on price early-on which is a good thing-there are no realtors involved to save some $$. The shop has (1) in-ground lift now and I can add my 2 post above ground, it has a large compressor which she doesn't want to move . The roof still has a few years of warranty on it-she has documentation that the inground tanks have been removed and all the asbestos has also been removed from the ceiling. It has a large parking lot(duh) which my friend wants to make into a local cruise spot(maybe not such a bad idea!). What do you guys think? I think it would be almost perfect.
Input please and anything else I should be looking at or questioning?

Greg
Nova - Sounds great! Your zoning issues can be worked on if you make an offer contingent on a successful rezoning to residential or city approval to live in a commercial building, and of course financing. If the owner accepts your offer and contract for sale, you can tie the property up until you get these issues taken care of. If you cant resolve the issues, the deal would be off.

One thing to beware of - any underground gas storage tanks could be an environmental problem.
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One thing to beware of - any underground gas storage tanks could be an environmental problem.
That caution extends to more than just the underground gasoliine storage tanks. Many older industrial sites have an unfortunate history of ground soil contamination. This is become a hot issue with the US EPA and state environmental departments. I've seen sites were oil was dumped on the ground (both as a way to dispose of it and to kill off unwanted vegetation in the gravel parking areas) and to satisfy environmental concerns it must be *remediated*. This consists of digging out all of the contaminated soil, which needless to say can become an extensive and expensive proposition.

Left unchecked in the soil, oil (and other Volatile Organic Compounds aka VOCs) will spread through the ground like a plume of smoke in the air, and will eventually contaminate the water table. This can have serious health repercussions (particularly if your location has municipal wells for water supply) and so it has become serious business.

Consult with an attorney to ensure that any purchase agreement contains adequate protections for you -- the new buyer. Without them you may awake some morning to the EPA knocking on your door telling you that you must replace a few thousand yards of dirt under your building.
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You have helped to inspire me to emulate your move. Yesterday I went and walked throught the old Chevrolet dealership here in town! It is actually within reach...... The roof still has a few years of warranty on it-she has documentation that the inground tanks have been removed and all the asbestos has also been removed from the ceiling. It has a large parking lot(duh) which my friend wants to make into a local cruise spot(maybe not such a bad idea!). What do you guys think? I think it would be almost perfect.
Input please and anything else I should be looking at or questioning?

Greg
DO IT, DO IT, DO IT, JUST DO IT. OH MAN IF YOU DON'T YOU WILL KICK YOURSELF FOR THE REMAINDER OF YOUR SHORT EXSISTANCE ON THIS ROCK.DO IT. Seriously, I realize you have to count the cost, study the pros and cons and stuff, but it sounds like you have been doing your home work. Will you be able to handle the property tax? Will the neighboring businesses or residents complain about a cruise nite? I think you have a diamond in the ruff here, just waiting to sparkle. DO IT
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Make certain you have no less than a phase II enviro study done. It may be that such has already been completed.
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When we bought our place, this end of town was rather blighted. Now the area is being revitalized and we like to think our project helped encourage others to do the same.

If you are worried about the city, may I suggest you visit our City and see what fueled our rennasiance.

Waukesha is now considered Wisconsin's "Best Kept Secret"!

Good luck with your project!
Hey Tom... I live by Carroll College... and used to rent the 2 Story building across from Central Middle school that used to be the Edsel Dealership (Now the "Torq Center") where we had a Hobby and Body shop.

We had an "Otis Elevator" to bring the cars up to the second floor and we would have Barbeques and party on the roof late into the night.

Eventually the building was purchased by a New Owner and the upper front section was converted into living quarters and our shop space was used for a carpet installation and storage facility.

Later the rear was rented by the Karate School and the downstairs was rented for the Motorcycle store and shop.

I've watched your progress over the years and knew that there was hope for the downtown area of Waukesha... "Congratulations" on your hard work and efforts...!

I was wondering when you're going to start selling Studebakers again...?

Wasn't that the Kuetner Olds Dealership as well???

Later

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Old 05-24-2006, 01:22 PM   #81
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Hi Mark!

Harry Israel also sold Desotos, Triumphs and lastly Toyota.

I think the Kuetner Olds dealership was on the corner of Grand & College.

Of course ALL the dealers were downtown yaers ago... That was before Brookfield Square and the "Auto Dealer Row" ( Hy 18 )

Jack Coe Pontiac, Dale Chevrolet, Griffin Ford, Shaub Buick, Spencer Cadillac, Doering Dodge...I think there was also a Hudson Dealership. I didn't know that place on Grand was an Edsel dealership. I'll have to take a closer look.

The final airing of our project will be May 28 at 7PM eastern
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You're right about Kuetner... I thought that they had some involvement with your buiding as well?

My Uncle was a sign painter and had virtually painted all the advertising on the sides of the downtown buildings as well as the Window signs.

Found out that he painted your showroom windows many years ago for Harry...!

Some of his advertisements are still visible in the morter joints of the brick!

Here's a shot of my shop... "MAPLEGLENN GARAGE"



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Sorry to revive such an old thread. But does anyone have this episode of rezoned on their computer? Or just this segment?

Have tried to find it on the internet but I can't find it anywhere.

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my wife won't go to the garage...let alone live above one....you are a lucky man....with a great home.....very nice
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rezoned is an awesome show! ive been watching for along time although i never saw your show. you have a beautiful home and shop! My wife and i very much want to become rezoned but i think thats a little farther in our future but atlest she is willing, lucky me. is it me or does everyone on the show say it cost 2x what they had figured lol

ditto on what Dan said

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