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Visions for Vacancies: Goody's Kodak Building

What do you want to see in this longtime vacant space?

Welcome to another edition of "Visions for Vacancies," where we visit a local vacant commercial building and ask you what you'd like to see go in that space.

Today, we’re on Ponce de Leon Avenue at a pair of very familiar buildings: the former Goody’s film developing store and the Atlanta Eagle.

Located at 300-306 Ponce de Leon, the adjoining buildings were foreclosed on about three years ago and have been for sale ever since. The Kodak roof-top signage is an Atlanta landmark, but that building has been abandoned for many years and will require major renovations if utilized.

The is very much used (but nonetheless for sale) as the gay bar establishment is set to celebrate its 25th anniversary this weekend by co-producing the third annual Atlanta Leather Pride.

The buildings sit on .42 acres at the corner of Argonne Ave. and Ponce De Leon Ave. and the combined approximately 15,000 square-foot structures can be had for $950,000.

Don’t concern yourself with things such as setback regulations and other zoning issues the city has to deal with. We want to know that if it were up to you, what would you like to see there? What would be the best use for the community in this space right now?

About this column: In highlighting vacant buildings in Midtown, we aim to help residents take a proactive role in planning and building their community. We'll take your feedback to public officials and property owners, to inform their decisions about future uses. Know of a vacant building we should highlight? Email hunt.archbold@patch.com.

Steve Gower April 09, 2012 at 09:05 PM
I have no idea what, exactly, should go into this building. I would have to do an in-depth study on what would make this work, or that work, in that spot. But I think it is important for folks in the community to look at that building and visualize that being something integrating well into the surrounding area without demolition - only necessary restoration. If you want some food for thought for transforming a place like Ponce go to http://www.urban-advantage.com/ and have a good look at some of the projects and photo series. The store at that site has some good transformation examples too. Thank you for putting out that question! That is the first step in transforming a community...
Tim Williams April 09, 2012 at 09:41 PM
i like that!
JonC April 10, 2012 at 03:32 PM
The Eagle should expand next door and rename it Leatheropolis ;). Ok j/k but I hope whatever goes in there retains the Kodak sign... Sharon - I've always been curious about the two houses that sit behind the storefronts. Do you have any photos of them before the additions? jcarnright@gmail.com
Emi M January 14, 2013 at 04:30 PM
Ahh this building, I've been dreaming about what this space could be for over a year now. Maybe turn the building into some sort of art space, highlighting local talent. Keeping in mind with the over all film theme, similar to the Goat farm but on a much smaller scale. Host events there, give a percentage of the proceeds to the local community, maybe a homeless shelter since that area of mid-town has a large homeless population. Maybe have some sort of roof top access, take the sign down, encase it in glass and use it as an art piece or as a counter in the gallery. So much potential in that space.
Tammy January 14, 2013 at 06:25 PM
I wonder what the Eagle was before it was the Eagle? If the additions on the front are 50 years old then it has been some sort of club/restaurant for some time, I'd wager.

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