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The dealership will relocate near other car dealers in the Williamson Road area.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Roanoke is selling a 17-acre site where officials once hoped to build a stadium and amphitheater to Haley Toyota.
Haley will relocate from its current site on Franklin Road Southwest to the site on Courtland Road Northeast, one block north of Orange Avenue and one block west of Williamson Road, City Manager Chris Morrill said Thursday.
The city is selling the land for $1.035 million.
“This is pretty exciting. Lots of dealerships want to move to the suburbs, but they want to stay in the city,” Morrill said.
Morrill said the move would create a kind of “Motor Mile,” because the site is near Berglund Chevrolet Buick and Magic City Ford Lincoln, both of which are on Williamson near Orange.
The city spent more than $2 million cleaning up hazardous waste and paying fines for illegally burying the waste on what was its Public Works Service Center property. The cleanup started when workers unearthed more than 1,000 barrels at the site in 1998-99, some of which contained hazardous material, such as lead paint. A few more barrels were unearthed about a decade ago.
“We’ve cleaned it up and now we’ve got a property to put to good economic use,” Morrill said.
The Roanoke City Council proposed building a new stadium and amphitheater at the site in 2001, but killed the idea in 2004, as opponents argued that the old Victory Stadium should be renovated instead. The stadium was demolished in 2006, however, and replaced by facilities at the city’s two high schools.
The sale involves 15.68 acres at 1530 Courtland Road and 1.5 acres of the 6.4 acres of city land just to the north.
The properties are assessed at $1.7 million.
The city is selling them for less to take into account the extensive site evaluation and site work required to convert the site for use as a full-service automobile sales and repair facility.
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