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Butler Nissan dealership to move to Riverside Drive

Butler Automotive Group expects to begin construction in January on a new Nissan dealership, next to its Lexus dealership in north Bibb County.

It will replace the company’s Nissan dealership on Eisenhower Parkway, said Morris Butler, with Butler Automotive Group. Butler Automotive Group also will build a new collision center on adjacent property.

The Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission approved Monday a conditional-use permit to allow the car sales center and body shop on about 18 acres at 4500 Riverside Drive.

The Nissan dealership building will include a sales showroom and service area totaling about 35,000 square feet, according a report prepared by the company for the commission. Parking will be available for about 470 vehicles on the 11-acre tract.

The 28,000-square-foot Butler Collision Center will be on 5 acres and have 116 parking spaces.

Some of the remaining 30-acre site is expected to be used for future development.

In early August, Butler Automotive Group acquired Walsh Nissan of Macon, Butler said after the meeting. Following this acquisition, the Butler group includes 12 dealerships, 11 in Georgia and one in Beaufort, South Carolina. This is the company’s first Nissan dealership.

The company is expected to hire about 30 new employees for the new facilities, Butler said. Construction is expected to begin in January.

Other items on the agenda were:

CONDITIONAL USES:

3050 Old Bowman Road: Conditional use to allow a climate-controlled storage facility with variance in parking requirements, PDE District. Cleve Cunningham, Cunningham & Co. Engineers, applicant. Approved.

3476-3484 Napier Ave.: Conditional use to allow a convenience store with fuel island, C-1 District. Kunj Construction, applicant. Approved.

1409 TUCKER ROAD: Conditional use to allow a convenience store with fuel island, A-Agricultural District. Kunj Construction, applicant. Deferred until Dec. 8.

To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.

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