Auto repair shop to fill vacant site


After being vacant for about three years, the former site of the Miller Bros. Chevrolet dealership at Levering Avenue and Washington Boulevard will become an eight-bay automobile repair center as early as next month.

Matt Decker, a developer with the Catonsville-based Decker Group, said that after the dealership was moved to Ellicott City in 1986, other dealerships moved in and out of the building.

But for the past three years, the building has been empty, its windows covered with plywood. Mr. Decker and other partners bought it three weeks ago.

"Elkridge is a nice, growing area," he said. "We wanted to fix the building up and make the area more pleasant."

Ray Miller, president of the Elkridge Community Association, said the building, which is in an industrial area, is best suited for a repair center. "I'm glad to see that someone has bought it and it's not just sitting there vacant," he said. "It's a shame it was empty as long as it was."

The repair center will take up most of the building. Mr. Decker said several community groups have expressed interest in occupying the rest.

"We would like to see a community group in there, but the details haven't been worked out yet," Mr. Decker said. He declined to say which groups had approached him.

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