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GLENDALE - John Amato Automotive Group wants to build its fifth car dealership on a vacant 4.5-acre lot across the street from Johnson Controls on the northeast corner of Green Bay Avenue and Civic Drive.

Amato plans to spend between $6 million and $8 million on a two-story, 51,000-square-foot building housing a Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram franchise at 5858-5900 N. Green Bay Ave. The Chrysler, Dodge and Ram vehicles will be displayed in a showroom on the north end of the building. A special emphasis will be placed on Jeep vehicles, which will be displayed in a separate showroom on the south end of the building.

The property was previously occupied by a Land Rover dealership and an auto shop, both of which have been razed. The new Amato dealership is expected to create more than 70 jobs and increase Glendale's tax base by at least $6 million.

The dealership will sell new and used vehicles, and will also have a service and parts department. There will not be an auto body repair shop; those services will be provided through the body shop at Amato Nissan at 5200 Port Washington Road.

This will be Amato's fifth dealership. The company's other four dealerships include a Nissan dealership at 5200 N. Port Washington Road, a Hyundai dealership at 8380 N. 76th St., a Mitsubishi dealership at 8380 N. 76th St. and a Ford dealership in Mukwonago.

The proposed car dealership would require the property to be rezoned using the city's planned unit development process. The rezoning will be the subject to a public hearing in front of the Glendale Plan Commission at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 7.

If approved by the city, Amato would join several other car dealerships in the area. To the north, on Green Bay Avenue, is three dealerships: Umansky Motor Cars (BMW), International Infiniti and David Hobbs Honda. To the southeast, on Silver Spring Drive, there are five dealerships: Andrew Chevrolet, Andrew Toyota, Heiser Ford Lincoln, Lexus North Shore and Umansky Motor Cars (Merecedes-Benz, Porsche and Volkswagen).

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