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June 4, 2018

Lindsay Buick-GMC plans major expansion

Photo/Cassandra Brown
The proposed expansion would allow tractor-trailers to enter the dealership property rather than delivering new cars and trucks on West Shirley Avenue.
Lindsay Buick-GMC Expansion
• Topic: Rezone about one acre from public semi-public to commercial and obtain a special use permit for 3.95 acres to expand the Lindsay Buick-GMC dealership to sell and repair vehicles.

• Where: 250 W. Shirley Ave., Warrenton.

• Applicant: Lindsay Automotive Group, Alexandria.

• Plans: The auto dealership has two adjacent lots, 232 and 234 W. Shirley Ave., under contract to expand its inventory and fix a challenging entrance for vehicle delivery.

• Previous: Warrenton Planning Commission last month voted, 6-0, to recommended approval of the rezoning and permit.

• Next: Town council will hold a work session on the topic Thursday, June 7, and a public hearing Tuesday, June 12.

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A Warrenton vehicle dealership plans to buy adjoining property for expansion of its showroom and service center.

Warrenton’s town council will discuss Lindsay Buick-GMC’s application during a work session Thursday night, with votes on two measures slated Tuesday, June 12.

Lindsay seeks a rezoning from public-semi-public to commercial for about one acre of adjoining property at 232 and 234 W. Shirley Ave. The business has a contract to purchase the two adjoining parcels, formerly used as offices for the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and state police, from the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The dealership would demolish a vacant one-story brick building on the property and turn a larger building into office space.

The plan would almost double the existing 6,400-square-foot dealership building’s size and add about 75 parking spaces.

“Our growth has been substantial since we purchased (the business), so we have to have more space for vehicle inventory to serve the area,” said John Overend, the facility director who helped plan the proposed dealership expansion.

Alexandria-based Lindsay Holdings LLC purchased the dealership from James and Joanne Harris in December 2016. Lindsay paid $2 million for the real estate and an undisclosed amount for the business.

The dealership currently can accommodate about 120 vehicles. But, the challenging, steep site has prevented tractor-trailers from entering the parking lot to deliver cars and trucks.

“The elevation when you come in is too great for them to come in and turn around,” Mr. Overend said.

For years, big rigs have parked in the middle turn lanes on West Shirley Avenue to deliver vehicles, which raises safety concerns.

Under its expansion plan, the dealership would close the “middle” entrance and have all truck traffic flow through the new entrance at 234 W. Shirley Ave.

The dealership also seeks a special use permit for the entire property, about 3.9 acres, to sell and repair vehicles. The original dealership owners never obtained an SUP.

Warrenton’s planning commission in May voted, 6-0, to recommend the rezoning and permit approval.

Lindsay Buick-GMC SUP and Rezoning Application_052018 by Fauquier Now on Scribd

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AngryBob · June 5, 2018 at 8:02 am
I wish you could still buy a Pontiac there...

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