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September 28, 2017

Three car dealerships considered in Marshall

Carl Leckner proposes construction of new Ford and Nissan stores on 8.1 acres at East Main Street and Old Stockyard Road in Marshall.
The number of Marshall’s car dealerships could triple.

Fauquier’s board of zoning appeals at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, will conduct public hearings on special permit applications to relocate Leckner Ford of Marshall and establish two new vehicle dealerships in the village.

The owner wants to move the century-old Ford dealership at 8323 W. Main St. to a proposed 19,800-square-foot building on 8.1 acres at East Main Street and Old Stockyard Road.

Carl Leckner, who lives in Oakton, also wants to build a 14,300-square-foot structure for a new Nissan dealership on the vacant land.

A proposed 2,250-square-foot carwash, including detailing bays, would serve both dealerships.

The existing Ford showroom and offices occupy a two-story, 4,800-square-foot stucco building. The dealership services vehicles in a separate building.

It remains unclear how those buildings would be used if Mr. Leckner receives special permit approval and builds the new dealership.

The BZA on Aug. 3 conducted a public hearing on the application but postponed action for more study.

Founded in July 2015, Mr. Leckner’s company has six other dealerships in Ellicott City, Md., King George, Stafford and Woodstock.

Meanwhile, Commonwealth Classics wants to establish dealership that specializes in imported vehicles more than 25 years old.

Bill Desrosiers of Falls Church initially plans to lease about 2,500 square feet of the former IGA supermarket at 8382 W. Main St., where he would maintain a small, make-shift office and store up to 14 vehicles.

Mr. Desrosiers estimates that British-made Land Rovers will comprise 60 percent of his inventory. He hopes to sell 25 to 35 vehicles in the first year.

Public hearings on both special permit applications will take place in the Warren Green Building at 10 Hotel St. in Warrenton.
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martinkus · October 3, 2017 at 1:34 pm
Application pulled by Leckner from consideration by the BZA. Leckner now looking for a different parcel to develop. It may be that water is an issue among other concerns.
Jim Griffin · October 3, 2017 at 10:16 am
This is where we define ourselves as capitalist, socialist or communist.

I detect no support for communism (certainly not from me), so let's knock that off the list. We do not support govt owning car dealerships.

Pure capitalism would leave the decision to Mr. Leckner, getting govt out of the way without substituting its judgment for his, no approval needed.

Are we all socialists who "socialize" the decision by letting the people decide if they want more auto dealers in Marshall? We've two already, the oldest Ford dealer in the US (Marshall Ford) and the used Marshall Auto Center.

Let's agree Commonwealth Classics, in the old IGA, selling used Land Rovers and the like, is not a serious problem worthy of a denial. We are left with deciding whether Mr. Leckner can move his dealership from the heart of downtown Marshall to the rail crossing (and add a Nissan logo).

I am inclined to let him do so, so my vote would be yes, but have no problem with the idea of the public weighing in on the decision, which makes me socialist, I suppose. Shouldn't be entirely his decision, though I do support the one he wants to make. It's a better place for a car dealer, less intrusive on the character of the good food town Marshall is becoming.
Elsa Rosenthal · September 29, 2017 at 3:49 pm
What about Marshall's water problem....? I can't imagine that three car dealerships would help that.......
Fernhill · September 29, 2017 at 2:06 pm
We certainly don't need three auto dealerships in Marshall. The resulting increase in traffic is going to make life miserable for the people who, unlike Mr. Leckner,actually live here.
Debby Taylor · September 29, 2017 at 7:43 am
Why does a tiny town need so many dealerships? What a horrible first impression this will be for any visitor, or indeed local, driving into Marshall. Let them stack their piles of metal and glass somewhere else, we don't need this unsightly and garish addition to the town. This is the countryside, not the suburbs.
T.C. · September 28, 2017 at 9:03 pm
Why does Marshall need this? Our beautiful main street and town is finally a visitor destination. We need businesses that enhance the town and serve the community, not eight acres of asphalt covered in Japanese cars, or for Marshall to be used as a test-driving circuit for Mr. Leckner's customers. No!
DeeKay · September 28, 2017 at 6:40 pm
I hope they do not approve of this proposal. Light pollution, storm water run off and services that won't apply to local citizens. Not an attractive feature to put on Main Street.
martinkus · September 28, 2017 at 2:25 pm
Bye-Bye Marshall...Hello Manassas! I wonder if the car business folks are "banking" on new customers from all of the residential growth that will be coming to the area?
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