What Should Go Here? Old Fenner Dunlop Property

The property is zoned for mixed use development.

If you drive around Avondale Estates, you've seen this vast expanse of concrete a block or two off the main drag, East College Avenue.

A fence topped with barbed wire surrounds the old Fenner Dunlop factory property. The city government annexed the land in December 2010. A Patch story said,

The district, rezoned for mixed use, allows for a combination of residential and retail and is divided into several zones so that density and height gradually increase as you move away from the Tudor Village in the city's central business district. The rezoning allows for up to 556 residential units with up to 400 designated as multi-family.

What would you like to see located on this land? It's zoned for mixed use, but don't let that limit your ideas.

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.

Kimberly Tucker Johnston June 05, 2012 at 11:03 AM
A Publix, Trader Joe's, & lots of restaurants...a old school general store would be nice too!
clm1950 June 05, 2012 at 11:13 AM
There was some news last year that it would be a Publix developement. What happened?
JG June 05, 2012 at 11:18 AM
Kimberly hits it on the head. A Costco would be nice too.
Kimberly Tucker Johnston June 05, 2012 at 11:24 AM
JG - Oh yeah! That too!
Ralph Ellis June 05, 2012 at 11:51 AM
C -- Let me check on that.
Mic June 05, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Something, anything productive. The preceeding goes with most of downtown AE. Something, anything.
Ralph Ellis June 05, 2012 at 12:59 PM
C -- the land is still owned by Fenner Dunlop. Development stalled because of the recession.
Nick June 05, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Whatever it is, please build it with a Tudor facade! And if it happens to be residential, do NOT overcrowd!!!
Ken June 05, 2012 at 01:28 PM
An indoor Olympic Velodrome/track/volleyball/athlete housing facility. See similar facility built in a community outside Los Angeles by Googling la home depot "velodrome". There is no such facility in the eastern U.S.
Ken June 05, 2012 at 01:30 PM
I meant google: la home depot velodrome.
donna Cohen June 05, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Trader Joes would be ideal! As far as a Costco goes, I think it would be inviting much unwanted traffic into the area. Think of how much traffic the Costco generates in Perimeter.
David D June 05, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Kimberly Tucker Johnston June 05, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Seriously, David D? Me thinks you are trying to stir it up! :D
Scott Tewell June 05, 2012 at 04:19 PM
A huge Federal building. And a Hooters.
ten June 05, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Costco !!! Walmart !!! NOT We might as well have it the new home for the Falcons !!
T June 05, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Lots of restaurants on 1/2 of the lab on the other side put an indoor olympic pool with a nice jogging track, volleyball, basketball and racqueball courts. In-other-words a Community Center, or a Boys and Girls club, or a very large "Y". Avondale could make some money by charging an annual membership fee.
D C June 05, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Ditto for Ken's suggestion. A youth sports/soccer complex and forested park and parking (think greener space and families strolling over to "main street") would be nice too.
Frank English June 06, 2012 at 05:21 AM
I like Costco a lot, but unfortunately I agree with the person who said the traffic would be a problem..... I hate enjoying something but then saying "not in my backyard" but at least I am honest. I would also like some cool shops, nice places to eat. Office space, and a Grocer. I think it should definitely be built in a style which compliments the city. Also lets extend the street scape and green space. How about those ugly telephone poles and overhead wires..... lets put them underground. . .
ScottM June 06, 2012 at 11:49 AM
I think there is an underserved arts and crafts market in the metro Atlanta area and Avondale Estates is very well suited to the addition of more galleries and studios. I'm encouraged by the Rail Arts District and it should influence development of the space. We could take so many lessons from the River Arts District in my hometown of Asheville: riverartsdistrict.com
VictoireB July 25, 2012 at 02:45 PM
I think it is the perfect location for a Staples Office Supply; Office Depot is out on Memorial Drive or at Toco, Staples is at Midtown. With all the city and county government offices in Decatur, and all the office buildings, all the lawyers, all the banks, all the restaurants etc needing office supplies and printing services, it would be a fine location for such, along with Trader Joe's groceries.


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