Cadillac dealership breaks ground in Warren

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published June 17, 2015

 The new dealership, situated on the east side of Van Dyke near Warren's City Hall and across from the GM Tech Center, is expected to be completed in late 2016.

The new dealership, situated on the east side of Van Dyke near Warren's City Hall and across from the GM Tech Center, is expected to be completed in late 2016.

Photo by Brian Louwers

WARREN — Auto dealer Gregory Jackson looked like a happy man, brimming with pride and a sense of accomplishment, as he stood in Warren before a line of new Cadillacs shimmering in the hazy late-morning sun.

Fittingly, the backdrop was the General Motors Technical Center, to the west directly across Van Dyke. Bookending the scene was Warren’s City Hall complex to the east, where the groundwork to bring Jackson and his anticipated $8 million investment to the city’s downtown district was laid by Warren Mayor Jim Fouts and his administration.

The mayor joined Jackson June 17 to break ground on the new Prestige Cadillac of Warren luxury automotive dealership, just north of 12 Mile Road.

Jackson, the founder, president and CEO of Jackson Automotive Management, shared a story from his childhood with those assembled for the event. He spoke about how he used to clean his uncle’s red-and-white Cadillac and of how he dreamed of someday owning one.

“Little did I know that I would own several hundred,” Jackson said. “For me to be here on this day and breaking ground for a brand new Cadillac store is a little emotional, it’s certainly personal and it’s fantastic.”

In December, the Warren City Council approved a 12-year tax break for Jackson’s company tied to its anticipated investment on the 4.6-acre plot of land, previously home to the Royal Coventry Inn.

The city of Warren purchased the land in 2002 through the Downtown Development Authority and razed the dilapidated inn, but the property had sat conspicuously vacant.

Fouts applauded the efforts of Jackson and his team to bring more investment to Warren’s downtown area.

“I am absolutely ecstatic and honored about this development,” Fouts said. “I think that this Cadillac dealership is symbolic of the renaissance of the automobile industry. This is an example of it.”

Fouts added that the name “Prestige” encapsulates both the Cadillac brand and the “new” General Motors.

“Cadillac was always the epitome of the best, and I think General Motors is coming back,” Fouts said.

The groundbreaking comes on the heels of recently announced General Motors investments at the former Campbell Ewald office tower on Van Dyke, just north of the Prestige Cadillac site, and a whopping $1 billion in planned improvements on the Tech Center campus.

Jackson said the location of the new dealership was important.

“The opportunity to sell and service the Cadillac brand across from where the car is designed is extra special,” Jackson said.

Prestige Cadillac currently operates out of leased space at 11 Mile and Van Dyke. The new dealership is expected to be completed in late 2016