Fayetteville Ford seeks annexation west of town to relocate dealership to near hospital, Trilith

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Street view of Fayetteville Ford at 275 Glynn St. North.
Street view of Fayetteville Ford at 275 Glynn St. North.

Fayetteville’s longtime Ford dealership wants to leave downtown and move out to a 40-acre site at the intersection of Ga. Highway 54 West and Sandy Creek Road South, within a half-mile of the Piedmont Fayette Hospital, according to an annexation request being heard June 2 by the Fayetteville City Council.

The council will consider the Step One annexation request filed by Fayetteville Ford that — if approved in the Step Two process — would result in construction of a new car dealership and service center in the northeast quadrant of that intersection.

The original and current location of the county’s first auto dealership is just north of downtown at 275 North Glynn St., and has served Fayette car buyers for more than five decades under the names of Bob & Carolyn Ford, Carolyn Ford, Allan Vigil Ford and currently Fayetteville Ford.

In its application, the company says, “The Piedmont campus and Trilith Studios area will benefit greatly from our new facility and services offered.” No more than two structures will be used for the sales and service department, the company said, but the new location would allow it to “increase the size of our service department significantly,” potentially adding an additional 30 to 40  new employees.

The company also said it plans to offer shuttle services to “staff and guests of the hospital, both nearly hotels, and Togwotee [sic] Village.”

The land now carries R-70 single-family residential zoning with minimum 2-acre lots and is designated as Office on the county’s future land use map. The dealership indicated it will ask for C3, C4 and industrial zoning for the site.

Coincidentally, the owner of the Holiday Inn Express Hotel located between the hospital and the proposed annexation site is on the agenda seeking variances to allow additional construction on the hotel site of a freestanding coffee shop with a drive-thru lane and a freestanding medical office building.

The request from Kamlesh Patel was turned down by the city’s planning and zoning commission and by city planning staff.

Patel’s appeal will be decided by the council Thursday evening.

Here’s the full agenda (below photo):

Looking northeast from the intersection of Ga. Highway 54 West and Sandy Creek Road South. Street view.
Looking northeast from the intersection of Ga. Highway 54 West and Sandy Creek Road South. Street view.

Fayetteville City Council Agenda for June 2, 2022, 6 p.m.

Call to Order

Opening Prayer

The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag Approval of Agenda

1. Approval of the Minutes of the May 16, 2022 Called City Council Meeting

2. Approval of the Minutes of the May 19, 2022 Regular City Council Meeting

NEW BUSINESS

3. Consider Appeal from Kamlesh Patel for Five Variance Requests for Property located at 1231 Highway 54 West (Parcel No. 0521 010): Presented by Director of Planning and Zoning Denise Brookins

4. Consider Resolution R-17-22 – Adoption of the 2022 Annual Update to the Capital Improvements Element (CIE): Presented by Director of Community and Economic Development David Rast

5. Consider Step One Annexation Application from Fayetteville Ford for two tracts of land (+/- 40.6- acres) located within the northeast quadrant of the Highway 54/South Sandy Creek Road intersection (Parcel Nos. 0521 012, 0521 018 and 0521 046): Presented by Director of Community and Economic Development David Rast

REPORTS AND COMMENTS

City Manager & Staff Reports

City Council and Committee Reports Mayors Comments & Public Comments

EXECUTIVE SESSION ANNOUNCEMENTS