Automotive dealership seems to roll into Mechanicsville spot as soon as eyed for Lidl retailer

Automotive dealership seems to roll into Mechanicsville spot as soon as eyed for Lidl retailer
Automotive dealership seems to roll into Mechanicsville spot as soon as eyed for Lidl retailer

The previous church on the property stays boarded up years after Lidl bought the location. (BizSense file))

With a deliberate Lidl retailer off the drafting board, an auto dealership is within the works for a former church property in Mechanicsville.

Atlanta-based EH Automotive Group is in search of a rezoning approval that may set the stage for a brand new Kia dealership at 6395 Mechanicsville Turnpike.

The auto group’s COO Amr Hallaba mentioned in an interview final week the corporate plans to purchase the 6-acre property from German grocer Lidl, which has backed away from earlier plans to construct a grocery retailer on the location.

Hallaba declined to share how a lot cash is predicted to alter fingers within the deal. Lidl paid $4.9 million for the property in 2017. The property, previously residence to Shalom Baptist Church, was most not too long ago assessed at $3.3 million, per on-line land information.

The proposed dealership is deliberate to value greater than $8 million to construct and would come with a 19,000-square-foot constructing. As soon as all permits and approvals are lined up, Hallaba mentioned building would take 12 to 14 months.

A rendering of EH Automotive Group’s deliberate Kia dealership in Mechanicsville. (Picture courtesy Hanover County)

New Hampshire-based Jewett Building Co. is the venture’s normal contractor and regionally primarily based Bohler is dealing with engineering.

The dealership is predicted to be the auto group’s first location within the Richmond area. EH Automotive Group has a dealership in Northern Virginia in addition to places in Georgia, Tennessee, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Hallaba mentioned the seek for somebody to come back aboard as a companion and normal supervisor for the native outpost is underway.

The dealership is predicted to have 45 to 50 staff.

The rezoning case is about to go earlier than the Hanover County Planning Fee on Could 18. The proposal would then at a later date go to the Board of Supervisors for last approval.

EH Automotive Group is in search of zoning approval for a 19,000-square-foot dealership at 6395 Mechanicsville Turnpike, the place German grocer Lidl as soon as deliberate to open a grocery retailer.

The applicant’s request is to rezone the property from neighborhood enterprise district with situations B-1(c) to normal enterprise district with situations B-3(c).

Jeff Geiger of Hirschler is representing EH Automotive Group in its rezoning course of.

It’s unclear what motivated Lidl to nix its plans for a retailer on the property. The grocery retailer chain didn’t reply to a request for remark Friday. The corporate has six shops within the Richmond area.

As Lidl backs down in Mechanicsville, one other grocer goes in on a much bigger presence close by. Kroger is engaged on a venture to construct a brand new retailer simply down the turnpike to exchange its close by current outpost.