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Battlefield Toyota plans advance

The Culpeper County Planning Commission gave its approval to Battlefield Toyota’s plan to build a new $4 million showroom and service facility.

“This is going to make that area look a whole lot better,” said Chairman Sanford Reaves.

If Battlefield gets final approval from the Board of Supervisors next month, groundbreaking for the 27,000-square-foot building will take place in early spring with completion expected by the end of the year.

According to architect Jon Penney, representing Battlefield owner Steve Fay, the new facility is being built, at least in part, because of a recent Toyota mandate that requires exclusivity.

For the past decade Battlefield has sold both Chevrolets and Toyotas in its existing facility. When the new building is completed, the present showroom will be a Chevrolet dealership only.

The new facility, devoted exclusively to Toyota, will be constructed on an empty 5-acre lot adjoining and immediately east of the present showroom and service area.

During an Architectural Review Board session prior to the Planning Commission meeting, county planner John Egerston said that his staff’s only concern was making sure lighting on the building would not cause problems for neighbors.

Penney said that all lights on the building would be directed downward and not toward either James Monroe Highway (U.S. 29 South) or any businesses or residents in the area.

Laura Rogers said she could not figure out where all 173 parking spaces would be located, but Penney explained that some would be shared with Battlefield Chevrolet. In all, there would be 246 spaces, he said.

In answer to Jack Frazier’s concerns regarding any possible fuel runoff into storm water cisterns, a Battlefield representative said that there would be a maintenance plan to remove any oils that leaked.

Penney said that once the new facility is completed, the existing showroom will undergo an extensive renovation in 2015.

The Planning Commission gave the plan its blessing with an 8–0 vote (Commissioner Cindy Thornhill was absent) and sent it on to the Board of Supervisors.

Battlefield Ford and Chrysler of Culpeper are both located nearby in what has become a car dealership neighborhood about four miles south of downtown Culpeper.

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