TYSONS, VA—Sprawling car dealerships in communities such as Tysons and Springfield, VA are relocating elsewhere in order to make way for transit-oriented development projects.
“These things are being pushed out of the county in a lot of places,” says Fairfax County Supervisor Jeff McKay. “They are getting squeezed as we urbanize. They’re being pushed out of Tysons. As central Springfield is built out, they’re being pushed out of there. They need a place.”
McKay worked with Michael Jennings of Kay Jennings Springfield Toyota to find a nearby location for his new dealership. He has since acquired 53 acres on Loisdale, north of the Fairfax County Parkway and south of Loisdale Park, according to the Washington Business Journal. His dealerships and service center, currently located on 7.5 acres near the intersection of Amherst Avenue and Backlick Road in central Springfield, will soon relocate to a new, 90,000-square-foot facility at 7601 Loisdale Road.
In another car dealership move, Safford Chrysler Jeep Dodge will relocate from 6801 Commerce St. in central Springfield, to a 50,000-square-foot facility on 10.28 acres next to the new Springfield Toyota property. If that were not enough of a trend, Gramm Springfield Hyundai will open a new 34,000-square-foot franchise on 7.65 acres next to the new Safford Chrysler Jeep Dodge location.
In Tysons, a number of car dealerships along Route 7 have been, or will be, replaced by large, mixed-use, transit-oriented developments. For example, Moore Cadillac on Leesburg Pike has relocated elsewhere and is making way for the JBG Cos.’ Tysons West project. See story in the Washington Business Journal.