Dick Edwards, president of Dick Edwards Auto Plaza, and Janice Edwards, vice president , announced that the first phase of construction of their new Junction City dealership at the corner of I-70 and Highway 77 will begin.
The initial ground-breaking ceremony was on Dec. 18. It was followed with the leveling and rock removal of the 12-acre site.
It is estimated it will take at least three months for site clearance and installation of ancillary underground piping necessary for the new dealership.
The Edwardses have celebrated 25 years serving the greater Junction City-Ft. Riley and surrounding area as Dick Edwards Ford-Lincoln-Chrysler-Dodge and KIA, and have been recognized by the companies they represent for sales and outstanding service support from its Grant Avenue location in Junction City.
Dick Edwards said the new dealership will be twice the size of the current facility or about 50,000 square feet.
Weather permitting, it is anticipated the new dealership will be ready to open in fall of 2013. At that time, the Grant Avenue facility will be a used car sales and minor service dealership.
The general contractor is Dennis Kerschen of The Law Company and architect Larry Krier of Law-Kingdon Architecture, both based out of Wichita.
Civil engineer for the project is Kaw Valley Engineering of Junction City.