Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Theater group left Suburban Plaza because of the Wal-Mart development.
Onstage Atlanta, the theater group that called Suburban Plaza home for 11½ years, has moved to its new location at 2969 East Ponce de Leon Ave. in Decatur. The theatre will open its first show — "The 39 Steps" — in its new space later this month. Onstage Atlanta had to move from its Suburban Plaza digs because of the planned and controversial Wal-Mart for that site, Barry West, the theater's managing director, told Decatur Patch. The landlord told them they'd have to find a new location. In the end, it ended up being a blessing in disguise as the new spot is larger than the old location, he said. Even so, the some construction and building delays have pushed back some plans. "The 39 Steps," based on the Alfred Hitchcock film, was to have …
Friday, March 29, 2013
Guy Wong, the chef behind Big Boss, plans his eatery for a space at Church Street and East Ponce de Leon Avenue.
Guy Wong, the chef behind Miso Izakaya in Old Fourth Ward, plans to open Big Boss, a Chinese restaurant later this year. Big Boss, which takes its name from the Bruce Lee film, is to be a full service restaurant offering Cantonese cuisine," according to Tomorrow's News Today. The 2,200-square-foot eatery will be located near Church Street and East Ponce de Leon Avenue, TNT reported. See the full report here.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
'The revitalized Allen Wilson will provide 191 units of high-quality, environmentally friendly housing, along with onsite amenities for lower-income families and seniors.'
NorSouth Constructs said Monday it broke ground on the third and last phase of the $30 million redevelopment of the 70-year-old Allen Wilson Terrace Public Housing to the Allen Wilson community by the Decatur Housing Authority. The DHA selected NorSouth Constructs based on its qualifications and a competitive bid process to build both Phase II and Phase III of Allen Wilson, located at 1450 Commerce Drive. Phase III of Allen Wilson is expected to be done by January 2014. When done, the revitalized Allen Wilson will provide 191 units of high-quality, environmentally friendly housing, along with onsite amenities for lower-income families and seniors. As the renovations were done in phases, the residents were temporarily moved to other DHA-…
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Carter can proceed with next step in application process, but must stick to several guidelines.
The Decatur Downtown Development Authority voted to approve a developer's initial application for a mixed-use project that would create 235 apartments, 10,000 square feet of retail space and a seven-story parking garage at 315 West Ponce de Leon Ave. The project as proposed by Carter, already fits into the city's strategic plan, which calls for more apartments, particularly in the downtown area, to create more housing diversity. The Atlanta-based company can now proceed with filing its building permits, but the DDA issued a series of conditions that Carter must adhere to as the project moves forward. Those conditions, which mainly call for the company to maintain continued dialogue with surrounding homeowners. Among homeowners' biggest …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
MARTA officials are in talks to potentially redevelop a six-acre site.
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, seeking to boost its revenue stream, is looking at developing land it owns around its train stations, including Avondale station. The transit agency is in talks with Decatur Development Authority officials on the roughly six-acre MARTA land just south of the Avondale station, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reported. Avondale station, located at 915 East Ponce de Leon Ave., is one of five sites that MARTA leaders feel are ripe for development, the Business Chronicle reported. The idea is still in the early discussion phases, but at least one development expert said it's a good strategy, particularly in Decatur, which is enjoying an investment boom. An agreement between the city, which has …
Saturday, March 16, 2013
As the housing market returns, Generation Y changes the rules in housing.
The planned $40 million development project at 315 West Ponce de Leon Ave. lays the groundwork for constructing the first set of new rental apartments in Decatur since 1999. The project, which has raised nearby residents' concerns over traffic and its scope, follows another developer's plans for the site that fell through when the economy soured. A rebounding economy is partly fueling the high-density, mixed-used development that calls for the construction of 235 apartments and 10,000 square feet of retail. It also calls for the construction of a seven-story parking deck to be shared by the tenants and retail customers. But like other planned rental projects underway in Atlanta's Inman Park and Old Fourth Ward neighborhoods, Atlanta-based …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Decatur pottery studio undergoing a number of changes.
MudFire Clayworks & Gallery, the nationally renowned Decatur-based ceramic art center has a new owner. Deanna Rantlett, owner of Atlanta Clay, purchased a controlling stake in MudFire. Rantlett, an artist in her own right, said she plans to make several changes to MudFire, which opened up in 2002. The center will remain in Decatur but she plans a few changes. Key among them is a greater effort to showcase local ceramics artists. "There’s not a lot of galleries that show ceramic work and the ones that do, show artists that are already popular," she told Decatur Patch. "Our idea was to have a locals-only section of the gallery so that they could have exposure, too." She also wants to highlight how ceramics and pottery are fine arts and that …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Carter USA's project to include 240 high-end apartments.
Atlanta-based real estate developer Carter USA is planning to construct a $40 million, mixed-use complex at 315 West Ponce de Leon Ave. in downtown Decatur, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reported. The company, which has the 2.5-acre site under contract, is slated to make a presentation to adjoining property owners on March 13 at 7 p.m. at Decatur City Hall, 509 North McDonough St. Carter's project calls for the construction of 240 high-end apartments and 10,000 squre feet of retail. The plans, including sketches of what the buildings will look like are on the city of Decatur website. Copies also are available at Decatur City Hall. A Carter spokeswoman said the company did not have an immediate comment. The existing Decatur Court building…
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 23 at The Museum School, 923 Forrest Boulevard in Decatur.
Monday, March 4, 2013
Your weekly guide to employment opportunities in the Decatur area.
Leapfrog, a managed services information technology company, has several openings including a(n): Help Desk - Support Center IT Analyst IT Field Service Technician Systems Integrator Technical Solutions Architect Senior Network Engineer An upscale, full service restaurant in downtown Decatur is looking for several servers. A hair salon seeks a licensed stylist. A local recreation center seeks an experienced, motivated, results-driven bartender and snack bar help. A medical transportation company seeks a driver.