LEESBURG – Jenkins Nissan is moving, but not that far.

In fact, if you are leaving the showroom across from Lake Square Mall on U.S. Highway 441 in Leesburg, you will barely be able to wind up your car’s engine before you stop at the new location.

City commissioners on Monday rezoned almost eight acres across U.S. 441 from Leesburg International Airport as part of a deal to sell the property to the dealership for $2.2 million. The property was zoned Highway Commercial. It is now Planned Unit Development.

The property stretches from an area near the dog park on Silver Lake Road to a wedge-shaped parcel on the highway. It means that Jenkins Nissan will be next to Jenkins Hyundai and Jenkins VW.

The dealership now leases five acres of the eight-acre area from the city for $33,000 per year. The dealership is buying out its 15-year lease, and it is buying the 2.8-acre site near the dog park for a total of $2.2 million.

“It’s a good deal for the city,” City Manager Al Minner said.

Tom Formanek, CEO of the Jenkins Auto Group, said the company would like to sell the existing dealership site to a restaurant company or some other developer.

Formanek thanked the City Commission on Monday for working with his company to cinch the deal.

The Leesburg dealership is cramped for space. It leases a portion of the mall’s parking lot near Via Entertainment to store some of its new cars. Commissioner Jay Hurley said the dealer was considering moving to Belleview if it could not buy the property from Leesburg. Jenkins Auto includes dealerships in Ocala.

Not included in the deal is an open stretch that extends from Silver Lake to the airport. It will remain undeveloped as part of the airport’s glide path for planes.