Shelby SuperCars Tuatara to be built at the manufacturing facility in West Richland

Article by Christian A., on November 4, 2011

Shelby SuperCars is planning to assemble cars at a new manufacturing plant located at Keene Road and Belmont Boulevard in West Richland. Ruth Swain, the city's economic development director, said that Shelby aims to construct an almost 27,300-square-foot facility on four acres of land that’s owned by the city. Shelby is of course, famous for creating the record-breaking Ultimate Aero.

It has also just presented the $1 million Tuatara. It’s expected that the project will get the support of the city council, which is set to approve a resolution. Swain revealed that the endorsement is a requirement so that it could get an $830,000 grant from the state Community Economic Revitalization Board. The CERB board is urging that the process has to be completed by mid-November.

It was about ten years ago that Jerod Shelby, founder and owner of Shelby SuperCars, has started to create high-performance, high-priced exotic sports cars. The entire production process involves plants in Washington, California and Arizona, as well as at Shelby's home-based operations in West Richland.

No issues are cited in the environmental review of the city of West Richland of this land that would hamper Shelby's plans. According to the proposal, Shelby will put up a manufacturing and sales facility, about one-fifth of which will be for a business office and showroom.

It’s also believed that those at the mezzanine will get a view of the production area. With a height of 30 feet, this masonry building will have 55 parking places. Swain said that the site is included in the 38 acres the city received from the Bureau of Land Management, which entails that the property should stay in public ownership. The land will be leased by Shelby from the city.

Private money will be used to construct the building. With the CERB grant, the city could extend water, sewer, electricity, telephone and gas utilities to the site and will be able to pay BLM's required fees. Swain said that Jerod Shelby has “always liked this location." The city's environmental review mentioned that the plant won’t damage wildlife, vegetation or cultural resources, even if around 70% of the land would be used for a building and parking. [source: Tricityherald]

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