Holden’s Sold Its Elizabeth Plant, But It’s Building A Museum On Site

After nearly 60 years, Holden stopped producing cars at its plant in Elizabeth, Australia, at the end of this past October. So what’s to become of the sprawling site?

Well, it’s going to use part of the site to store spare parts. And it’s going to open a museum and restaurant on site as well. But the rest of it is being turned into a business park.

The automaker announced it has sold the plant to Melbourne-based developer Pelligra Group, which plans to turn it into the Lionsgate Business Park.

Drawing its name from Holden’s logo, Lionsgate will hopefully create enough jobs to offset the shuttering of the auto plant. But that likely depends more on the tenants than on either the developer or the automaker.

Holden will retain ownership of the site through mid-2019 so it can take down all its equipment and complete the contamination assessment that started back in 2012. After that, Pelligra will take over, leasing the parts warehouse back to Holden.

Plans are still apparently being drawn up for what will be called the Redline Café & Museum, where visitors will be able to relive the glory days of automobile manufacturing in Australia that have now drawn to an end.

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  • Ray Filetti

    Holden shutting down has broken our Aussie hearts. And I am a Ford man.

    • IT MUST BE TOUGH THE WAY MAJOR CAR COMPANIES ABANDONED THE COUNTRY.

      • Ray Filetti

        Ford shut down in October last year, and Holden and Toyota shut down in October this year. A small city called Elizabeth near Adelaide in South Australia, where Holden had all their assembly operations for around 50 years, is now devastated, both with their morale and their employment. Holden and Ford produced the two biggest tribes in Aussie culture since the early 1960’s when Ford got serious in Australia and started building Falcons. The Blue and the Red tribes loved and fought each other on the roadsides and on the trackside. The Holden and Ford racing drivers were like Gods, from the mid 1960s, right up to now. Holden and Falcon sales have been falling for years as awful SUV’s stole the market, and as the demographics have been changing, with lots of new migrants from Asia and Oceania not absorbed into the Holden/Ford, and motorsport, culture. Our hearts are broken, but we will remember fondly.

  • I love the museum part but the fact that they will repurpose it as a business park is a good idea that shows progress and determination. (Maybe too much of hyperbole)

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