An electric car dealer looks at the building in Roswell | Alpharetta and Roswell News

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ROSWELL, Ga. — The Roswell City Council approved a rezoning application Aug. 22 to allow the sale of electric vehicles at 950 Sun Valley Drive.

Property owner Buck Woodruff said he could not reveal the electric vehicle franchise that would occupy the space, but would have to lease the property for 35 years.

While the majority of its sales must be new vehicle sales, the franchise will be permitted to sell some used vehicles. Woodruff said the new electric vehicles will ship directly from the factory.

“The improvements made to this building… [are] absolutely stunning,” Woodruff said. “It will be the most expensive electric car [franchise] in Atlanta, Georgia, never.”sss

Woodruff, who operates Honda Carland and other properties around Roswell, has owned the 3.5-acre parcel at 950 Sun Valley Drive since 1974. There is currently a one-story building on the site that has 44,261 square feet of space.

The property is surrounded by light industrial and heavy commercial zoning to the north, east and west. To the south is Green Lawn Cemetery, which is zoned civic. Woodruff said he’s used it for about 2.5 years already while refurbishing Honda Carland.

The Planning Commission heard the application to rezon the property from Industrial Light to Industrial Flex on August 16, but the motion did not pass.

The Department of Community Development then recommended approval, and the city council passed it unanimously on August 22, with three conditions.

The provisions allow the sale of vehicles on the property, but no loading and unloading of vehicles may take place on the street. They also require that all other uses, such as residential, public/institutional, and certain commercial and industrial uses, be conditional.

Mayor Kurt Wilson said he’s excited for the franchise to open in the city.

“We’re looking forward to them coming to Roswell,” Wilson said. “I can not wait.”

A reception honoring former Councilman Marcelo Zapata is scheduled for August 29 at 6 p.m. at City Hall, followed by an open forum at 7 p.m.

Reach Chamian Cruz at 770-847-8079. Follow her on Twitter @xchamian.

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