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What Should Go Here? Candler and E. Howard

There are other empty spaces in this part of town -- the old train depot and Feast restaurant.

You've probably noticed this empty building near .

Located at the corner of East Howard and Candler, it stands out because of the mural on one wall, the result of the Living Walls public art project.

It has room for several offices. A barbershop used to operate in the back corner.

The other buildings on this corner -- and the -- are empty, too. They were discussed in previous What Should Go Here? features.

If you had your way, what kind of business or nonprofit would you put into this building?

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.

Lisa Cohen July 03, 2012 at 10:45 AM
i've not been inside, but Form Yoga (www.formyoga.com) studio will be closing UNLESS we can find a new location August 1st! wonder how much rent is needed for this place? or would they be willing to allow a great group of yoga teachers and students to use the building for a percentage of revenue for an introductory period??
bulldogger July 03, 2012 at 12:47 PM
How 'bout the Historic Preservation Committee buy it and turn it into a "History of Decatur Museum". If we don't watch out, somebody will come along and tear it down......Example: Just right across Candler.....building was torn down and has been a vacant lot for years.
JG July 03, 2012 at 02:02 PM
I am hoping someone will open another nice restaurant where Feast was. I used to love that place.
JG July 03, 2012 at 02:03 PM
The train station?? I just do not know, it is no place for a restaurant, the acoustics are really bad in there, i.e. the noise level is too much for dining.
CJM July 03, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Clearly opening a restaurant in downtown Decatur is a dicey proposition.
Decaturette July 03, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Years ago, The Freight Room worked great as a casual bar/restaurant with folks mostly dining out on the patio. Maybe the restaurants that have gone in since the building was moved and renovated have been too ambitious for the location. What is the Trolley Barn in Inman Park used for these days? I once went to a lovely wedding there. Maybe the Decatur train station could do something similar with event rentals if it isn't suited for dining. Or maybe it could be a community center of some sort? It's a neat building and it seems like there ought to be a good use for it. An electric/wooden train store/toy shop would be fit the ambience--are 3 year old boys still entranced with Thomas the Tank Engine and Brio train sets? But I'm not sure stores of that type are profitable these days.
Nick July 03, 2012 at 04:55 PM
I like the idea of Form Yoga utilizing the space. No side windows makes it the perfect setup for a workout facility!
Julia Ewen July 03, 2012 at 09:02 PM
One of the things that makes that area a tough location is the parking problem. Little off-street parking and there's a long walk if you are parking on the street. Valet parking or a restaurants-subsidized shuttle from locations with parking might help, especially Thursdays through Sundays. Handicap access is a challenge at the train depot.
bulldogger July 03, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Yeah, A Decatur Mom, sounds like a great idea that has been mentioned before!!!!! Doesn't the City of Decatur own this (train station) property? I think it would be a wise use of some of that tax revenue that's gotta be pourin' in by the bucket fulls. What about it, Development Authority?

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