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Gainesville auto dealer to sell Browns Bridge Road site

Milton Martin Toyota to build on 20.6 acres in Oakwood

POSTED: December 31, 2012 12:03 a.m.

Milton Martin Toyota, a longtime fixture on Browns Bridge Road, plans to sell its 10-acre site to another car dealership as part of its move to Oakwood.

“There are several brands that are not in this market currently that could be potential candidates, as well as other local dealerships expanding their operations by purchasing the property,” said Emily Whitehead, marketing director for Milton Martin.

Milton Martin, which is at 2350 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville, recently announced plans to build a new dealership on a newly rezoned 20.6-acre commercial site between Interstate 985 and Atlanta Highway near Exit 17.

“I feel like we have found a site that Milton Martin can establish for the next 50 years,” said Frank Simpson, president of The Simpson Co., a Gainesville real estate firm.

Simpson said at a Dec. 10 Oakwood City Council meeting that he hopes to close with Milton Martin Toyota sometime in February and begin building the dealership and stand-alone collision center immediately afterward.

He had approached the city about rezoning the 20.6-acre site from planned commercial development to commercial, saying he also hopes to attract sit-down restaurants to the property.

The council gave its approval at the Dec. 10 meeting.

Earlier this year, a commercial property offering sheet from The Simpson Co. showed the listed price for the Browns Bridge property at $4.19 million, or about $105 per square foot.

It listed five buildings on the property totaling about 40,000 square feet.

The sheet also said that 100 percent of the site is occupied.

The main building is about 14,000 square feet, and the property also includes four other buildings that have been used as paint and body shops, storage and a car wash.

The dealership was built in 1978, according to the offering sheet.

Simpson said at the time that the property lends itself easily to being another dealership but could easily be remodeled into a retail center.

“It’s a large acreage tract,” Simpson said.

“It has many uses that it could be.”

Oakwood also is looking at a road project connected to the 20.6-acre project.

The effort would involve extending Hughes Drive, which is off Ga. 13 and across from Johnson High School, to Curt Lance Way at Ga. 53/Mundy Mill Road.

At the Dec. 10 meeting, the council approved a resolution naming the new three-lane road Milton Martin Toyota Way.

The city is undertaking the project “to improve traffic and enhance development in the area,” City Manager Stan Brown said.

“The engineering and cost estimate is still in progress,” he said, adding that the project is planned for 2013.



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