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Visions for Vacancies: The old Blockbuster Video store

What would you like to see move into the vacant store at Mt Vernon and Chamblee Dunwoody roads?

Patch is launching a new feature that’s a bit of a modern spin on community planning – a digital forum where all ideas are on the table.

Each week we’ll present a new vacant building and ask for readers to think about and then comment on what they would like to see develop there.

Don’t worry about what zone it’s in, ignore things like setback regulations and all the other zoning stuff the city has to deal with. If you had your say, what would you like to see there? What would be the best use for the community?

We launch this weekly series with the old Blockbuster Video store on 1575 Mt. Vernon Road that has been closed since April 2011.

Near the intersection of Mt. Vernon and Chamblee-Dunwoody roads, it’s in a prime location near Dunwoody Village. It's also a bit of an eyesore.

The property has been many things over the years, said Taylor Anderson, with Anderson Realty Advisors, which owns the property. Blockbuster occupied the space for 20 years, taking over for Turtle’s Records and Tapes. Before that it served as office space for a doctor’s office and a tailor.

While there has been a lot of interest in the property, there has been no deal finalized … yet. Well Street Urgent Care is in discussions to use the space, and has taken its plans to the Dunwoody Homeowners Association and is working with the city on plans.

What would you like to see there?

About this column: In highlighting vacant buildings in Dunwoody, we aim to help residents take a proactive role in planning and building their community. We'll take your feedback to public officials and property owners, to inform their decisions about future uses. Know of a vacant building we should highlight? Email jasonmassad@gmail.com

Louis February 23, 2012 at 09:01 PM
It will not be an issue if the owners/president of the bank is friends with certain members of the DHA. Of course, if that does happen, then CFA would have a valid law suit for discrimination against them.
Alex H February 23, 2012 at 10:16 PM
I'd love a Chik-fil-a at that site. They're a good neighbor.
Max February 23, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Banks are zoned Office/Institutional use, which has a much lower impact on the surrounding area, despite having drive-thru service. This is because banks have a lower volume of business traffic than fast food operations. Restaurants are zoned commercial, with fast food having the greatest impact, and highest commercial zoning designation, C-3, on the surrounding area, mostly because the transactions are more frequent, especially at meal times. Currently Dun Zoning Code Chapter(s) 27 and16 Land Use will be reviewed for the re-write project. If you are really interested, here is the Municode: http://search.municode.com/html/14784/index.html
Bill Grossman February 27, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Louis's conspiracy theory is laffable. Banks (even with drive throughs) are allowed in NS (neighborhood shopping) zoning district and restaurants with drive throughs are not. Should this be changed during the rewrite of the Zoning code? Senior centers and the like are usually public (like the Fulton County Dorthy Benson senior center in Sandy Springs). The November Vote against the Parks Bonds shot down any chance of a Dunwoody based version, other than the several religious based facilities we already have in Dunwoody. Good luck getting Walgreens or CVS to add a soda fountain. I expect we'll see it about the same time we see a resurgence of drive-in theatres. The bank and the urgent care chain want a location in Dunwoody due to their market research. Chick-fil-A pulled out of the Mt. Vernon @ Dunwoody club location because all that they wanted would not fit that site. They are looking at other locations in Dunwoody. I'd like to see Popeye's chicken and Pig-n-chik Bar-b-que open up locations in Dunwoody with tasteful signage and exteriors. So I'll ask the City Economic Development Director to work on that...
Marcus Shanahan June 27, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Ive been looking at all of these spaces, but the lease requirments in many cases take them completely out of the ball park for a Fitness Center. This area really needs and is perfect for a smaller 5-10,000 SF space thats a fitness center with 24 hour access. The old Dunwoody Fitness lasted about 8 months and prior was an Australian Body Works. We would seriously like to open up a club at anyone of these spaces, although the Ace is perfect as well and will subdivide, but yet again the figures dont work for what they were asking per SF. Still looking, so if anyone has ideas, message me. mshanahan@r2managementgroup.vom

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