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Jax Daily Record Tuesday, Mar. 26, 201905:20 AM EST

Coggin Nissan plans new collision center, sales service office expansion

Auto dealer wants to rezone property to add up to 115,000 square feet of space.
by: Scott Sailer Staff Writer

Avenues Motors Ltd., which operates as Coggin Nissan at the Avenues, wants to rezone the property at 10859 Philips Highway as a planned unit development.

The auto dealer’s conceptual plans include removing 29,146 square feet of the 50,888-square-foot complex and adding 89,742 square feet for a new collision center and expansion of the sales and service building.

The total build-out is shown as 111,484 square feet, with a provision to allow up to 115,000 square feet.

Avenues Motors is a subsidiary of Duluth, Georgia-based Asbury Automotive Group Inc. 

Plans show the proposed collision center behind the Penske Truck Rental facility, the sales building expansion to the north and a reconfiguration of display and parking. 

Parking for the inventory is 632 spaces and customer and employee parking is 310 spaces, totaling 942 spaces.

The rezoning application seeks to rezone 20.63 acres from industrial light, residential rural-acre and community commercial/general-2 to PUD.

A companion small scale future land use map amendment will be required to change a 2-acre portion of the property from low density residential to community/general commercial.

Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc. is the applicant and civil engineer for the project.

Asbury Auto Group operates 83 dealerships, sells 29 domestic and foreign brands and operates 25 collision repair centers.

Angela Hong, head of corporate communications with Asbury Automotive Group, said the request and submittal to rezone the nine parcels “is a first step in an effort to prepare ourselves for future expansion or reconstruction.”

She said it is too soon to comment on job numbers, a timeline or specifics of the plan.

“Asbury Automotive Group, parent company of Coggin Nissan at the Avenues, is continually evaluating projects with an eye toward the future of automotive retail while also exploring opportunities to improve customer and employee satisfaction,” she said in a statement.

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