The former Blockbuster on Piedmont Avenue is still sitting vacant. BevMo attempted to lease the space but was denied by the Planning Commission. We would like to know what you would like to see here.
This building is located at 3868 Piedmont Ave. at the corner of Montell Street. Many nearby merchants and residents signed a petition to deny BevMo from leasing the space. The reasons for denying the the permit included lack of parking, air quality concerns from increased auto traffic, the possibility of increased panhandling, and the threat to existing wine and spirit shops on Piedmont Ave. The vacant building has not only become an eyesore, but its become a place where people loiter, drink in the parking lot, etc...
I spoke with the owner of the building and he does understand people’s concerns and wants to work with the community. Some have suggested dividing the building into several smaller storefronts, but he says that is not economically feasible. For example, each space would require separate entrances and exits, bathrooms, ADA compliance, utilities would need to be sub-metered, and so on.
Submit your suggestion on Spotmojo using this link: http://www.spotmojo.com/openspot/3868piedmont/
You can also use the code “3868Piedmont” on Spotmojo.com to find this spot.
Piedmont Patch is working with Spotmojo to collect your suggestions for vacancies. Spotmojo is a website where you can suggest the businesses you want where you live, work, or play. The suggestions are provided to new businesses and commercial real estate brokers to help new businesses find their ideal location. This gives you a voice in the businesses that open in your neighborhood and it helps local businesses succeed.