Mercedes-Benz dealership coming to Marietta
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Demolition crews raze a building at 810 Cobb Parkway S. on Wednesday. A Mercedes Benz dealership is set to open there in 2015.<br>Staff/Jeff Stanton
Demolition crews raze a building at 810 Cobb Parkway S. on Wednesday. A Mercedes Benz dealership is set to open there in 2015.
Staff/Jeff Stanton
MARIETTA — Marietta will get its first Mercedes-Benz dealership in 2015.

The dealership, which will be on land owned by AutoNation, has been in the works since September 2013, said Brian Binzer, the city’s director of development services. AutoNation bought the lot on Cobb Parkway in December 2013 for $6.7 million, according to the Cobb tax assessor’s records.

The new 57,000-square-foot-facility will be built beside Mountain Motorsports.

“Construction of the state-of-the-art facility, located directly across the street from AutoNation Ford and AutoNation Nissan stores on Cobb Parkway, will start in the next few months,” said Marc Cannon, a spokesman for AutoNation.

Building the new facility will cost $15 million, Cannon said.

Marietta Councilman Stuart Fleming, who represents the area, said he is excited to see growth in the local economy.

“I think it’s phenomenal for the city,” Fleming said. “I think that’s what makes our community great is that it continues to rebirth itself and come out of hard times and create something better.”

There is a building now standing on the 8.6-acre site, but a new one will be built for Mercedes.

“Everything that’s at the property now is going to be demolished,” Binzer said.

Cannon said the new facility will have 34 service stalls where technicians can work on cars.

Since the land was already zoned for commercial use, AutoNation didn’t need to get plans for the dealership approved by the City Council, just by city staff, Binzer said. The company received final approval on all of its plans at the end of June, Binzer said.

“Not everything that’s built in Marietta has to go through the council,” Binzer said.

The nearest Mercedes-Benz dealership is RBM of Atlanta Inc., close to Sandy Springs.

The city of Marietta received $12,320 to go in its tree preservation fund from Mercedes relating to the construction on the property.

According to city code, Binzer said, a company can waive some requirements to have a certain number of trees on its property by donating money to the city. The city then uses the donations to plant trees on public property.

Binzer said money from the fund has been used in the past to put more trees along Powder Springs and Church streets.

“It’s not a wholesale waiver of all the trees though,” Binzer said. “It doesn’t waive the street tree requirements to put trees along the roads or the parking lot trees that go in the islands of the parking lot.”

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