Automaker accelerates East End Porsche dealership upgrade
The owner of a Porsche franchise on Baum Boulevard in the East End is giving his showroom a $1.5 million overhaul.
It was that or lose the dealership.
Porsche Cars of America requires its dealers to upgrade showrooms and buildings periodically and had alerted the Porsche Auto Palace dealer to make the improvements.
The first phase of renovations to the building in the 4600 block will involve the installation of aluminum panels on the Baum Boulevard and Melwood Avenue sides of the building, said Gary E. Jones, senior architect with LLI Engineering of the North Side, the firm behind the project.
The Porsche name will be placed on the Melwood side with the words “Auto Place,” and both will feature back-lighting to provide exterior illumination, Jones said.
The remainder of the building will be black with silver aluminum panels over the facade and showroom areas.
Trees will be planted and outdoor lighting will be added.
The showroom, on two levels, will be accessible via an elevator. New windows will be installed, and the walls and floors will be updated.
The first phase includes work to level the parking lot, which has a dip in the center.
“Our plan is to begin work immediately, now that we have City Planning approval, along with that of the Baum/Centre Initiative community group,” Jones said.
Jones wouldn't discuss plans for the second phase.
Sam Spatter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7843 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- 12-year-old’s donated heart joins families, lets her memory live
- Proposal to limit access divides Penn Hills, Homewood neighborhoods
- Pittsburgh police officers start wearing video cameras
- Beechview man arrested on child pornography charges
- Former Rollier’s store to become art gallery, cafe
- Pittsburgh police recruit arrested for supplying alcohol to 18-year-old for sexual favors
- Pittsburgh photo exhibit shines light on ‘Good’ work
- Newsmaker: Thomas J. Usher
- Man arrested in connection with string of Route 8 burglaries
- Legal titans prepared to tussle in Ferrante cyanide homicide trial
- City suspending trash collection Tuesday to honor slain worker