Car owners fête Medina AutoMotorPlex ground breaking

Classic and high end cars line Arrowhead Drive at the ground breaking ceremony for the Medina AutoMotorPlex, held Friday, July 14. Car owners and area dignitaries are standing behind the car line-up. Amongst the dignitaries are Medina Mayor Bob Mitchell, Minnesota State Senator Dave Osmek and Medina City Administrator Scott Johnson. (Photo courtesy of Medina AutoMotorPlex)

Owners of classic and high end cars lined Arrowhead Drive, south of Highway 55, in Medina to celebrate the breaking of ground for the Medina AutoMotorPlex. The celebration took place on Friday, July 14 at the future address of 3600 Arrowhead Drive.

The complex will house condominiums in which owners of high end and classic vehicles, such as cars and motorcycles, can store, enjoy and work on their motor hobbies. Condo owners will be able to invite guests. Condos will have balconies from which owners and guests can view natural areas on the property. Also, on site will be a retail shop containing items used by condo owners. Owner and developer Bruno Silikowski plans to cooperate with area restaurants to bring in food and food trucks.

Two buildings measured at 52,000 square feet are planned for this location. Silikowski also has an AutoMotorPlex in Chanhassen.

Chris Pederson (left), of Highway 55 Rental in Medina, congratulates Bruno Silikowski at the July 14 ground breaking ceremony for the Medina AutoMotorPlex. Silikowski is founder and developer of the Medina facility, which will be a car condominium complex, where owners of cars and other vehicles can enjoy and work on their vehicles. (Photo courtesy of Medina AutoMotorPlex)

He predicted that owners of Medina condos will be able to move in their possessions in late fall. He already has sold just under 50 percent of the condo units. Condo owners come not only from Medina but also places such as Mound, Minnetrista, Plymouth, Minneapolis and Edina.

He reflected on the many years it took for the Medina AutoMotorPlex to become a reality. He wanted his first AutoMotorPlex to be located in Medina, but he could not find available land. He liked the idea of a Medina facility because many people with discretionary income for items like classy motor vehicles would live within short driving distances. For example, it takes 10 minutes to drive from Wayzata to the new Medina AutoMotorPlex.

Silikowski finally chose Chanhassen for his first facility. The Chanhassen AutoMotorPlex opened in 2008 and was full after four years. In Chanhassen he gained experience in giving back to the community by cooperating in fund raisers for charities. He has worked with 3M, United Way, Gillette Children’s Hospital and other organizations. He plans to continue working with charities at the new Medina location.

He called the Medina AutoMotorPlex “a place to enjoy your passion. It is built by enthusiasts for enthusiasts. It is an urban cabin.”