Oct. 24 – A new two-story showroom and service bay could arrive at the Jim Shorkey Mazda dealership on Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville.

Jim Shorkey is looking to replace the existing building at 2359 Browns Bridge Road with a much larger, more modern building, said Mike Engle, Shorkey’s operating partner.

“It took a little longer than expected, but we’re excited,” Engle said of the $5 million project, which could kick off by the end of 2022.

Plans call for the new 26,730 square foot building to be built next to the existing 1,600 square foot one and then demolish the existing one once the new building is ready, with construction taking about 10 to 12 months, Engel says.

“That way we’ll always be operational,” Engle said.

The new building would have “state-of-the-art technology and the ability to be all in one (place),” he said. “Right now we have a separate service facility. We will have guest lounges and a children’s playroom.”

Also in the plans is a covered outdoor area with a grill that “we’re going to let civic and charitable groups use at no cost,” Engle said.

The project is scheduled to be presented to the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Commission on Nov. 8.

Shorkey is seeking to annex nearly 7 acres east of Old Flowery Branch Road and establish light industrial zoning.

“The front half of the property contains a large paved parking lot,” according to a planning document. “The back half of the property is mostly wooded and contains a small family cemetery known as the Stringer Family Cemetery, which will remain undisturbed.”

Gainesville Planning and Appeal Board

What: Annexation of proposed new Mazda dealership building on Browns Bridge Road

When: 5:30 p.m. on November 8

Where: Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Parkway

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