What Should Go Here? Across from DeKalb Farmers Market

The building owners would like to hear your ideas.

Mike Easterwood emailed Patch and asked that this building be featured in What Should Go Here?

It's at 2995 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., about 100 yards before the entrance to Your DeKalb Farmers Market. Easterwood writes:

I and my partners have owned the building since 1996. It was occupied by Meadow Burke Steel, a division of Oldcastle. They were a tenant since 1979. Meadow Burke vacated March, 2012. 

The building is 65,000 SF, on 2.81 AC.  We have received approval of a variance from DeKalb county for additional parking.  We have hired Bob Cain, who also worked on East Decatur Station, to do the architectural drawings for a conversion to showroom/retail.  We will partition the building for tenants. 

I would welcome suggestions from your readers regarding the potential tenants. 

There you have it. Post your ideas and suggestions in the comments box.

About this column: Every week or so, we'll post a picture of a vacant store or lot in Decatur and Avondale Estates. You can tell us what you think should replace the empty space. Know of an empty building we should highlight? E-mail ralph.ellis@patch.com.

FM Fats July 10, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Trader Joe's.
Ralph Ellis July 10, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Readers, do you have ideas about how this building could be used?
bulldogger July 10, 2012 at 12:12 PM
I've always thought an "Auction House", featuring antiques would be a good fit for that area, something on the order of "Horst Auctions" in Ephrata (Lancaster County), Pa. http://www.horstauction.com/
Curli July 10, 2012 at 12:47 PM
A Trader Joes should be placed in that area.
Josh July 10, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Art supplies, sporting goods, roller skating rink...
Gina Hill July 10, 2012 at 02:34 PM
That's pretty awesome for a property owner to actually ask residents what they think and want. Kudos!
MudFire Clayworks & Gallery July 10, 2012 at 02:40 PM
A craft/handmade marketplace with stalls (like Kudzu) rented NOT for antiques, but for handmade crafts.
bulldogger July 10, 2012 at 03:20 PM
In this economy, how many "Crafts" do you think people are gonna purchase?
gwinwin July 10, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Raquetball courts, skating rink, movie theater
Mike Easterwood July 10, 2012 at 04:30 PM
I might add that the addition to the Farmers Market will be directly across from this building. We have some pretty nice renderings for the exterior which will include enlarging the windows to storefronts, adding a walk along the front and replacing windows along the west elevation. Notice the art deco front treatment around the entrance. We intend to extend the a canopy to match along the front elevation. I appreciate the Trader Joe's reference and we would LOVE to have them. But I am not sure they would take a space in a 62 year old building. We are certainly willing to present it to them, however. In regard to a hand craft market place, contact me and we can discuss it. Mike
Virginia Lester July 10, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Last Chance is looking for a new home. I don't know how much they are willing to pay in rent, however. I've read that Trader Joe's isn't doing well in the Atlanta market, so it's doubtful they would consider renting in this area but it would be great if they did, Ginny


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