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What Should Go Here?: The Old Atlanta Fire Station No. 13

The building at the southwest corner of Flat Shoals and Metropolitan avenues is in a prime location but has remained vacant.

East Atlanta's old Fire Station No. 13 at 447 Flat Shoals Ave. served the community well for decades.

But as anyone who has lived in EAV for any length of time, that old, one story, 6,227-square-foot building is long passed its prime.

Bits of tarp cover parts of its leaky roof and its walls have been marked by graffiti.

The firefighters of No. 13 left that building for a new, two-story home at 431 Flat Shoals about two years ago.

The old building, built in 1955 and still owned by the city, remains in shabby shape, empty save for the occasional rats that you can spy scurrying about the building late at night.

DeKalb County tax records lists the sites value at $428,500 — with $110,400 of that amount being the value of the building itself.

With it being in such a prime location, should the city hang on to it or sell it to a developer?

If sold or redeveloped, what would you like to see be erected in its place?

J. Winter July 11, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Meth lab.
Péralte Paul (Editor) July 11, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Actually, J, for meth labs, you'll have to go rural and go north - OTP.
Jamie Mneimneh July 12, 2012 at 12:15 PM
The city should definitely return this property to the public sector. A restaurateur could probably put something useful there potentially with a firehouse theme, similar to what they did with the firehouse on Ponce, but with less of a tavern and more of a restaurant feel.
Victor Cooper July 12, 2012 at 05:20 PM
+1 Jamie
J. H. September 19, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Drag show cabaret.
J. Mitchell-Christian October 01, 2012 at 05:10 AM
It would make one helluva photography studio! I'd say $428,500 is a little steep though, especially the part about $110,400 of that amount being the value of the building itself,...sounds like it needs that much in work just to pass inspection!

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