Former Dodge Viper Plant is Getting a Second Life
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Now that the Dodge Viper is officially gone, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) had to find something to do with the factory where it was produced. The Conner Center will become an internal meeting and display space, showcasing nearly 400 FCA concept and historic vehicles under one roof. Previously, the extensive collection was housed in several locations, FCA said.
Of the 400,000 square feet of floor space at the former plant, approximately 77,000 will be dedicated to display vehicles such as the 1902 Rambler and the 1924 Chrysler Touring. The administrative offices will be converted into nearly 22,000 square feet of meeting space.
The company plans on using the space for internal groups and departments in the second quarter of 2018, and could also open its doors to the public in the future.
FCA is also honoring the Viper with an auction to benefit United Way for Southeastern Michigan. Over 1,800 Dodge Viper items will be up for bid, including signed hoods, prints, and posters. There will also be an assortment of Viper merchandise from key chains to apparel to coffee mugs available. The auction will go live on March 21 and will run through April 13 and if you’re interested, click here.
“With a storied history of its own, the Conner Avenue facility is an ideal location to showcase the vehicles that have sustained the Company for more than 92 years,” said Brandt Rosenbusch, manager, Historical Services. “We are proud of our history and have been working diligently in the daily care and restoration of these important vehicles. This move will allow us to house all of our collection under one roof and have the space to share that history with our employees.”