WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Inside of the vacant former Delphi Packard buildings on Dana Street in Warren, there is a glimmer of hope for future opportunities.
The buildings, which have been standing empty for years, have now been targeted by a developer with a business venture that promises to bring hundreds of jobs to the city.
City leaders made the big announcement Tuesday morning. Warren native Christopher Alan is behind a proposal to buy the old Delphi Packard plant to use for manufacturing. Alan is the CEO of a company in Los Angeles called Auto Parkit, which makes modular parking garages where traditional parking is not realistic.
He is looking to bring part of that company to Warren within the next three years.
“It’s very exciting to see friends and family and have the opportunity to create something they can take advantage of, too,” Alan said.
Alan has been working closely with local leaders, including Warren Mayor Doug Franklin and Western Reserve Port Authority Executive Director John Moliterno.
Franklin said he is excited for the opportunity to bring more jobs to the area.
“Our community deserves it. We’ve taken some hits in the past, but it’s projects like this that give people hope,” he said.
Moliterno said he is optimistic for the future of the project.
“It’s an exciting project, absolutely,” he said. “We hope its going to be successful, and he’s going to grow it.”
The business is still in the early stages of coming to the old Delphi plant.
“You can see the facility. The facility is in dire need of renovation, and significant renovation,” Alan said.
Alan is leasing the property for the next six months to make sure all legal requirements are met before moving forward with buying the property. If everything goes as planned, renovation would start.
The goal in the next three years is to have manufacturing, design and product shipment from the facility. Alan and local leaders will continue to cultivate relationships to make sure this company comes to the Valley.
“The most important thing that you have is the local agencies, the local governing authorities to make sure you can do what you want to do,” Alan said.
City leaders say Auto Parkit’s presence in the city will bring 200 to 300 jobs in the first couple of years and hope that more jobs will follow.