Jim Ellis Automotive Proposes VW Dealership and Car Museum in Georgia

Atlanta car dealer Jim Ellis Automotive is proposing a larger new Volkswagen dealership and car museum in Chamblee.

The company wants to develop the new facility on 2.7 acres of its 10.7-acre property at 5855 Peachtree Boulevard, adjacent to the existing Jim Ellis VW building, according to plans filed with the city of Chamblee. The property is also home to the Jim Ellis pre-owned, Maserati and Audi dealerships.

Jim Ellis Automotive is family owned and celebrating its 50th year in business in 2021. The company’s dealerships represent 15 auto brands.

Plans call for a four-story, 109,615-square-foot automotive/office building with a 183,800-square-foot elevated parking structure.

The proposed project would include “a new state of the art Volkswagen Dealership on the first two levels, the third level will be a car museum for specialized vehicles and an event space for Jim Ellis Automotive Group and, the fourth level will be Corporate Offices for Jim Ellis Automotive Group,” the dealership told Chamblee planners.

Jim Ellis and his wife Billie opened Jim Ellis Volkswagen in 1971. The dealership and the others operated by the company are located on a stretch of Peachtree Boulevard that is home to numerous auto dealers.

Jim Ellis has been representing the VW brand for 50 years and this proposal is highlighting that long-term relationship,” the dealership told Chamblee planners. “Volkswagen will be rolling out a line of EV vehicles and creating a sustainability story for the VW brand moving into the future. The project will be seeking LEED Certification for the showroom/office building and Parksmart Certification for the parking structure.”

The project is scheduled to be heard by Chamblee’s design review board on March 31. (Read more about it here.) It is being developed and designed by Pro Building Systems and YSM Design Architecture + Planning, according to the plans filed with the city.

Source: Jim Ellis Automotive proposes new Chamblee VW dealership, car museum – Atlanta Business Chronicle