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August 3, 2017

Marshall dealership vote delayed for more study

This conceptual drawing shows the two proposed vehicle dealerships at East Main Street (top) and Old Stockyard Road (left) in Marshall.
I’m confident we can work some of these things out with staff. Then we will see what the BZA does.
— Leckner representative Jim Evans
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After a brief public hearing Thursday, Fauquier’s board of zoning appeals postponed voting on a proposal to build a two-dealership auto sales and service park in Marshall.

Leckner Marshal Ford owner Carl Leckner seeks special permit approval to construct a 19,800-square-foot building to serve the century-old business and a 14,300-square-foot structure for a new Nissan dealership at East Main Street and Old Stockyard Road.

The existing Ford dealership occupies a two-story, 4,800-square-foot stucco building at 8323 W. Main St. The business services vehicles in a separate building.

Zoned commercial, the vacant, 8.1-acre site on Old Stockyard Road also would include a proposed carwash, with detailing bays, and a storage area for up to 515 vehicles.

At the request of Jim Evans — Mr. Leckner’s representative — the BZA will revisit the application Oct. 5.

That will give Mr. Leckner’s team and county staffers time to address key issues such as the reservation of a right-of-way for a possible street through the site’s southern portion and whether the special permit should be used within a certain period, Mr. Evans said after the hearing.

“I’m confident we can work some of these things out with staff,” he said. “Then we will see what the BZA does.”

No citizens spoke during Thursday’s hearing.

Mr. Evans, who handles Mr. Leckner’s real estate holdings, believes staff concerns about county comprehensive plan and design issues have been properly addressed.

The comprehensive plan serves a guide to future land use.

Though the plan prohibits auto dealerships and related uses in that area, Mr. Evans told the BZA: “We feel like this use was pretty consistent” with surrounding businesses. They include the Tractor Supply, Hagerstown Block, Countryside Family Practice and Oak View National Bank.

Marshall for years has struggled with an inadequate water supply. It remains unclear when the the Fauquier County Water & Sanitation Authority will be able to meet the demand for new development.

In a June 7 letter to the county staff, WSA Engineer Michael Edelen stated that “currently there is not sufficient water capacity” to serve the proposed dealership property.

The staff basically has determined that Mr. Leckner could drill a well for the project until WSA can serve the property.

Should the BZA grant the special permit, Mr. Evans estimated construction could begin by year’s end and be completed in late 2019.

Each dealership would employ about 25 people.

Warrenton land planning consultant Jim Carson, who helped prepare the application, said his client’s investment would total about $15 million and would generate about $70,000 a year in real estate revenue for the county.
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