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    Examples of clustered small-scale auto malls

    An inquiry to the throbbing brain of Cyburbia: do you know about any auto malls where the dealers are clustered away from a main road, much like a residential cluster/conservation subdivision?

    There's the huge California-style auto malls, but they still have a large presence along the street frontage. There's auto dealers with tasteful architectural design and site planning that fit well into a "quaint" semi-rural context, but they're usually in a strip setting.
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    Both of these have clustered dealerships along streets created just to service the dealerships.


    Don't know if it qualifies as quaint, but there is the Troy Auto Mall.
    https://www.google.com/maps/place/Tr...4b00c67e9177a7
    http://www.suburbancollectiontroymot...FVM2aQodeJ0Apw

    And its Ann Arbor sister along Jackson:
    https://www.google.com/maps/place/An...09f94686c8b5e2
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    Quote Originally posted by Dan View post
    An inquiry to the throbbing brain of Cyburbia: do you know about any auto malls where the dealers are clustered away from a main road, much like a residential cluster/conservation subdivision?

    There's the huge California-style auto malls, but they still have a large presence along the street frontage. There's auto dealers with tasteful architectural design and site planning that fit well into a "quaint" semi-rural context, but they're usually in a strip setting.
    Not precisely on point, but, increasingly, they do showrooming inside of shopping malls and my clients (I do a fair amount of retail work) now advise me that including automobile sales lots indoors, on the ground floor or indoors facing but backing into parking structures of regional malls is a good idea.. as it leverages other retail and buries an uninherently unpleasant typology inside of much larger buildings. Tesla and Audi in King of Prussia Mall in PA is a case in point.

    Separately, Audi dealerships have been experimenting with a lot of attractively designed smaller-footprint and single building lots.. in other words, car lots without the lot.or with at least a smaller and more defined lot.. in Tulsa and variously in PA and MA, for exdample. My favorite one is Houston at Greenbriar and Lexington.

    http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcsi.d...20140307150501
    http://pictures.dealer.com/m/momentu...997283332x.jpg

    These US examples are single dealer projects, but you can easily imagine how this can be clustered.

    This approach is also popular in Europe (North Surrey Auto Mall in the UK, Autopia Europia in Istanbul). These are actual multi-dealer clusters in single buildings or groups of buildings.

    One issue with more creative auto mall design has been that the Nat'l Assoc of Auto Dealers has a lot of rules designed to help manage competition between auto dealers that you have stick to.
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    The examples I could give are similar to the ones above just in a sunnier place like Phoenix. They all need that high visibility from the freeway or major roads.

    Scottsdale has a good example of architecture forward style buildings with the lots in the back.
    https://www.google.com/maps/search/a.../data=!3m1!1e3
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    An example here in the Appleton, WI area. This is at US(I)-41/WI 15 in an unincorporated area west of the city:

    http://goo.gl/maps/B2m7y

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