Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Restaurant on Moreland Avenue can't seem to stay open.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Péralte Paul
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
It's a head scratcher. The structure at 30 Moreland Ave. SE at the intersection of Wylie St. SE, just can't stay in business. It had been a Church's Chicken fast food outlet for a while before closing down. Then it became Goodfellas, a pizza, pasta and wings place. But that was short-lived, too. It's curious that a quick service restaurant couldn't make a go of it when Moreland is a highly trafficked state road and Wylie is fairly busy, as well. What's more, that intersection is sandwiched between two bustling neighborhoods, Edgewood and Reynoldstown. It seems, then, that it should do well as an eatery, be it a neighborhood joint or chain restaurant. So should it stay as a restaurant or become something else? What would you like to see at …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
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. …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Does this Inman Park house of worship have to stay so? Or can it be used as something else?
For years, I've driven by the old Lizzie Chapel Baptist Church and its starch white columns fronting an imposing brick building in Inman Park. For longer than I can remember, the church, located at the corner of Euclid Avenue and Druid Circle, has been for sale. It had me wondering: Who'd be in the market to buy a church and would the buyer have to use it as a church? After all, it's not unheard of to repurpose a church into something else. I've been to a few Protestant and Catholic churches in the Northeast and in France that had been converted into restaurants. And during my days at university, I'd go clubbing with friends at the Limelight, the former Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion in New York's Flatiron District. While I hardly …
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Vacant lot is used for overflow parking for nearby golf course, but is there a better and higher use for the land?
The lot at 2201 Glenwood Ave. near the East Lake Publix shopping center had been the former home of a Goodwill Industries thrift store. Opened in 1972, the site was the first that Goodwill Industries of Atlanta built from the ground up. Besides the store, the facility also included a career center and a donation center. But the Goodwill shut down the sprawling facilty a few years ago. Subsequent to the closure, the building came down. The parking lot still gets use, particulary when there are events at the East Lake Golf Club that require overflow parking. Otherwise, it remains a vacant site. How would you like to see it redeveloped? What's your vision for this vacancy?
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Neighborhood successfully blocked the building of a QuikTrip, but how should that corner be redeveloped?
The northwest corner of Moreland and Ormewood avenues is a little rough around the edges. Home to the Jiffy Grocery, a convenience store that some Ormewood Park residents say is an eyesore, that corner is long overdue for a makeover. Last year, QuikTrip Corp. caused a ruckus when the gas giant tried to put a gas station and convenience store there, to replace the grocery store and the Liberty Tax Service business that sits directly behind it. Though some residents favored the project, Ormewood Park and East Atlanta opposed it and successfully blocked it from getting the final go-ahead from the city. Jiffy Grocery is still in business, as is the tax service company, and both are owned by the same person. But we've heard from lots of people …
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Among Atlanta Public Schools' institutions set for closure, how should it be repurposed?
By some accounts, it was a given that East Lake Elementary would close in the massive rezoning of Atlanta Public Schools. What East Lake residents feared most is if their neighborhood school were to close, that it wouldn't become a decaying shell of its former self and magnet for crime. On Tuesday, the APS Board of Education voted on a final plan that closes seven schools, including East Lake Elementary. The plan, which will be implemented at the start of 2012-13 academic year, calls for East Lake students to attend Toomer Elementary in neighboring Kirkwood. The East Lake campus itself will be used in that academic year as the temporary home for Coan Middle School students. Coan is being vacated for students from Jackson High School, which…
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Why can't the EAV hang on to a breakfast place?
When it comes to an everyday breakfast place, the EAV can't seem to hang on to a neighborhood favorite. Candler Park has the Flying Biscuit Café; Reynoldstowm has Home Grown; Kirkwood has Le Petit Marché, and Grant Park has Ria's Bluebird. But here in East Atlanta, we haven't been as lucky. First, there was the Good News Café — where My Sister's Room is now. But the couldn't-be-bothered attitude of a mostly surly wait staff, coupled with ho-hum food wasn't a winning recipe for success. So it closed. Then there was Honey's Kitchen in the storefront on the southwestern corner of Flat Shoals and Glenwood avenues. The food was good but internal squabbling between the eatery's business partners led to its closure. The most recent hope came by …
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Former bar and restaurant was a staple in Atlanta's live music scene.
The former East Atlanta Icehouse holds a special place for me in terms of special connections. The old music venue at 543 Flat Shoals Ave. — better known to longtime Atlantans as the former Echo Lounge — is the reason I discovered East Atlanta. It sparked my interest in the neighborhood that had a Brooklyn hipster vibe and eventually led me to buying a home in the EAV. My first foray to EAV was with some friends who were really into the Empire State, a band from Athens. I didn't care for Empire State but I really liked the Echo Lounge and neighborhood I've called home for nearly 11 years. In that time, I seen some great bands such as Calexico, some funny entertainers like El Vez and some interesting events such as the Pucking Fuppet Show …
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
The Madison Theatre: East Atlanta's architectural and historical gem in the rough.
When I moved to East Atlanta in 2001, one of the buildings that caught my eye and imagination was the old Madison Theatre at 496 Flat Shoals Ave. With hints of Moorish touches in its architecture and stark white paint, it stands out among the rest of the buildings on Flat Shoals. The Madison, which opened in the 1920s, has been closed for decades now. And though occasionally I hear whispers of it reopening, nothing ever comes to pass. The Madison's most recent use, sadly, was its auditorium, which served as a storage facility for mattresses. Fortunately, I had the pleasure of a sit down with Katherine Carter of Ormewood Park, who went to the Madison regularly as a young belle. Miss Katherine, who turns 93 this week and is a treasure trove …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
The former John B. Gordon School in East Atlanta has sat vacant for years.
Once a week, we'll highlight one property and ask Patch readers their thoughts on what should go there or how the property should be redeveloped. This week's entry is the old John B. Gordon School at 1205 Metropolitan Ave. SE, between Flat Shoals and Moreland avenues. The school operated from 1909 until 1995, when Atlanta Public Schools closed it. The now-defunct Inman Park Properties owned the 41,000-square-foot property with plans for redevelopment that never came to fruition. In the meantime, the building has fallen into a state of neglect. So what would you like to see go there? Should it be torn down and replaced with something else? Or should it be rehabbed into some residential use? APS' former Bass High School at 1080 Euclid Ave. …