Machines buzzed and clanged behind a green construction barrier Tuesday morning as crews began the demolition of what was once Nabers Cadillac dealership, a Harbor Boulevard mainstay for nearly half a century.
The lot at Merrimac Way and Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa was most recently home to Orange Coast Buick GMC Cadillac, which has temporarily moved its operations into a neighboring facility until construction is complete.
The old campus — where bulldozers dismantled rows of aging service ports and an outdoor courtesy car wash stood in decay — will be replaced by a new "state of the art" dealership with 32 indoor service bays and two "Internet-driven" showrooms, according to Orange Coast Buick GMC Cadillac officials.
The 62,000-square-foot building will feature the latest technology for "customer interactions" and energy-saving lighting, said Ron MacEachern, dealer operator.
"We're really, really excited," he said. "The city's been great to work with."
The demolition will be done in the next five weeks, and the new facility is expected to be move-in ready in January.
"It's going to be very nice," said Kevin Hoover, the dealership's parts and service director.
Orange Coast Buick GMC Cadillac is owned by the Troy, Mich.-based Suburban Collection, which has dealerships around the country.
— Jill Cowan