Two retired N.Y. Giants football players are planning a giant-size car dealership in the Hazleton area.
Former linebackers Jessie Armstead, Antonio Pierce and a third partner are proposing to build and operate three car dealerships in seven commercial buildings on a 46-acre site in Hazle Township, said Drums attorney Donald G. Karpowich, who represents the businessmen.
“The project at total build out is expected to create 200 full-time positions and 30 part-time positions,” Karpowich said. “The salaries of the full-time positions will range from $30,000 per year to $150,000 per year.”
The plan to build the complex includes construction of a 5,000-square-foot drive-through bank and a 9,600-square-foot commercial car wash building, according to Karpowich, who said the groundbreaking will be within the next couple of weeks. The site is located near the intersection of the Airport Beltway and Old Airport Road.
The attorney said he could not say what the dealerships will be, but it has been reported in other media that Honda, Nissan and Kia dealerships are planned.
He said the business partners are proposing a four-lot subdivision on which they plan to build seven commercial buildings.
Five of the buildings will be for the dealerships, with one of the building two stories and 52,600 square feet and the other four one-story buildings ranging from 13,500 square feet to 17,500 square feet. The other buildings planned are the bank and the car wash. The township zoning board approved the plans in May.
“They are going to do it in two phases,”Karpowich said. “The first in a few weeks. They’re anticipating construction of three car dealership buildings and the commercial car wash. Although there is no specific construction schedule for the other buildings, they would expect to be built sometime after the summer of 2015.”
The business group, called All Pro Airport Road L.P., includes Armstead, Pierce and Michael Saporito, all from Hamilton, New Jersey, where they operate another car dealership.
The players took part in a fundraiser at Capriotti’s Palazzo in McAdoo on July 13. They auctioned off sports memorabilia.
“They like to give back to the community,” Karpowich said. “They took time out of their schedule to come down and meet more than 150 guests.”
The former players donated the memorabilia and the money went to the boroughs of White Haven, Freeland and Conyngham and nearby townships, such as Foster, Butler, Black Creek, Hazle, Dorrance and Briar Creek.