Client The Seneca Group
Location Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Scope 17-acre redevelopment

Metropolitan Ford/Suburban Chevrolet

Project Details

Westwood’s Role

  • ALTA Survey, Topographic Survey, Platting, Construction Staking
  • Planning
  • Civil Engineering Site Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Environmental; Stormwater Erosion Control Inspection


This 17-acre redevelopment was an anomaly in that the owner combined two distinctive car dealerships into one property during a time of economic downturn in an effort to enhance financial efficiencies. The biggest challenge involved retrofitting a new user on what was previously a parking lot within a fast-track push to get this project designed and permitted.

Collaboration with Multiple Partners

Unconventional thinking was called for in making these two dealerships blend together in design and yet maintain distinct business separation. Westwood worked closely with the architect on building access for the front, service, and loading areas, as well as parking of all types – sales, service, vehicle inventory, and ADA.

Accustomed to the critical coordination across multiple partners, Westwood’s team worked with MnDOT and the city on site constraints for stormwater ponding and underground infiltration, coordinated development around an electrical transmission tower in the parking lot, and worked with MCES, the regional sanitary authority, on a sanitary line connection that ran through the property.

Doing More with Less

By doing more on less land, this redevelopment hybrid enhanced efficiency of space and intensified use two-fold. Westwood’s team managed the design and logistical challenges to keep both businesses open and operations flowing during the process.