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Plans from Fiat Chrysler America submitted to Woodstock show what a new dealership could look like.

WOODSTOCK — A Jeep, Dodge, Ram and Chrysler dealership has received permits to open at the location of the Big Lots on Ga. Highway 92 in Woodstock, and plans to close on the property this summer.

Fiat Chrysler of America has applied to Woodstock for a conditional-use permit for automotive sales and variances, which the City Council approved on first reading Monday.

A representative of the dealership told city officials their plans are to preserve the existing building and parking lot, and variances related to the existing building, lot and lighting fixtures were also approved by the council. The dealership owners expect Big Lots to move out of the facility around June, and they could finalize purchasing the site after that.

The Big Lots move also affects the existing dealership next door, Hennessy Honda, which was parking extra inventory cars in the store’s lot.

The Honda dealership received approval from council members to build a storage lot at Ga. Highway 92 and Sharon Way. The lot would be screened in with fencing and landscaping to neighboring residents, who largely supported the proposal in public hearings. The city council unanimously approved the lot with Councilman David Potts absent, though planning commissioners had recommended denial.

Representatives of Big Lots were not available by press time to comment on the future of the Woodstock store.

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Shannon is a reporter covering education, city governments, crime, features, religion and other local news. She is a graduate of Young Harris College and currently lives in unincorporated Woodstock.

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