Hendrick Automotive Group, Southpoint Auto Mall
Hendrick Automotive Group is one of the nation’s most successful automotive dealership groups, having locations in 12 states. With headquarters in Charlotte, NC, Hendrick turned to EMH&T for site development for a new luxury auto mall concept in Durham, NC. The first phase of work involved an extensive rezoning effort to change the parcel zoning from residential to commercial. Once through the rezoning process, the project approvals were complicated by stormwater requirements needed to meet local Jordan Lake Watershed requirements. Many design iterations were considered to cut cost and, ultimately, Hendrick settled on a series of four wet ponds on-site.
The 80- acre Luxury Auto Mall is strategically located across from one of the Southeast’s largest shopping malls, Southpoint, and includes luxury brands such as Porsche, Mercedes, Cadillac, and Buick. The project’s second phase on an additional 40 acres is currently being designed with three committed dealerships, and a fourth being pursued to join this group of luxury automotive brands.