Published on June 1st, 2016 |2
NPU-B unit gets first look at new Fellini’s design for Peachtree at Rumson
Harper knew he was going to have to ask for a deferral until June of his application for a zoning change from C-1 to MRC-2 on the one-third-acre site, because he had not been able to previously meet with the Zoning Committee and board of the Garden Hills Civic Association.
But Harper wanted to preview the project with the NPU-B Zoning Committee before he and his longtime friend and architect Ron Stang, principal with Stevens & Wilkinson, meet with the Garden Hills neighborhood group next week.
The new Fellini’s will fit into a nook created by the Brand Properties multi-use retail/business 10-story development and its parking deck. The Brand project’s façade will face Peachtree Road and its parking deck will have an access point off Rumson Road.
The new orientation of Fellini’s will be primarily toward Rumson Road, although the walk-up entrances will be from the Peachtree Road sidewalk. The plan calls for a 4,500 square-foot Fellini’s restaurant—inside air-conditioned space—with covered and surface parking for 25 cars and a new outside dining plaza.
The architecture of the building is much more modern than the present Fellini’s and La Fonda, but retains the casual atmosphere of an upper-end pizza restaurant. Harper said he and Stang have worked to make it compatible with the architectural design that Brand Properties is proposing for its project.
In fact, Harper said he had talked earlier on Tuesday to Brand Morgan about the proposed design of the new Fellini’s and Morgan told him to relay to the NPU-B committee that he is very supportive of Harper’s plans.
Harper said the patio—or dining plaza—will be much like it is now, including a new fountain for children to pitch pennies into. But the building will
be much larger, utilizing the space presently occupied by both La Fonda and Fellini’s.
While the majority of the parking will be underneath the dining plaza and restaurant buildings, the surface handicapped parking spaces will be at the rear of the facility, next to the Brand Properties parking deck and where cars will enter and exit Fellini’s underground parking.
There will be 10-foot-wide sidewalks along the Peachtree and Rumson road sides of the new restaurant development, with a berm and tree and flower plantings along the Rumson Road side. There will also be a pedestrian entrance to the parking area along Rumson Road.
After Harper and Stang meet with the Garden Hills neighborhood Zoning Committee and board early in June, it is expected consideration of the Fellini’s zoning request will be on the NPU-B Zoning Committee agenda for its June 28 meeting and before the full NPU-B board on July 5.
Harper told BuckheadView he anticipates Fellini’s will be closed for about six months from the start of demolition to the completion of the new facility. He did not venture a start date for the work, however. That will be coordinated with the Brand Properties project, he said.