According to city documents, the automobile manufacturer intends to tear down both the existing dealership and adjacent service building. In its place, Mazda plans to build a two-story sales and service facility.
The new building will be double the size of its current 15,000-square-foot dealership, according to applicant James Stephenson with VLK Architects. The new building will also include a car wash and service reception area.
A letter from the applicant said the intention is to “construct a new building that meets Mazda’s standards.” The existing dealership was built in 1974.
At a meeting Feb. 10, City Council unanimously approved Mazda’s request for a special development permit. The permit exempts Mazda from certain zoning requirements, including those that dictate the required amount of landscaping and open space.
The demolition of the existing facility and construction of the new dealership will occur over three phases, city Development Director Michael Spicer said. Mazda hopes to begin demotion in April or May and expects construction to take nine to 10 months to complete, Stephenson said.