Published on July 7th, 2016 |0
Fellini’s gets final NPU-B, Garden Hills approval for redevelopment plan
Officially what was approved was a request for a change in zoning from C-1 to MRC-2 for 2809 Peachtree Road in order to replace the existing Fellini’s and La Fonda restaurants on the site with a brand new Fellini’s restaurant.
The NPU’s zoning committee approved the zoning change during its meeting June 28, but the approval was contingent on a letter of approval by the Garden Hills neighborhood, which had met with the Fellini’s team but the association’s board had not yet met at that time to vote on the proposed development plans.
Fellini’s plans to build an approximately 4,500-square-foot restaurant with more interior dining space, a new outdoor dining plaza, covered and surface parking for 24 cars on the site that is less than an acre.
Fellini’s owner Clay Harper and his longtime architect Ron Stang presented the plans for the new restaurant at a meeting earlier in June, which, according to reports, consisted not only of the zoning committee but also members of the Garden Hills Civic Association’s executive committee.
Harper was out of town Tuesday night and was represented by Stang at the NPU’s board meeting. Stang told the NPU board he and Harper had agreed to all the conditions the Garden Hills group wanted attached to the application.
Stang told BuckheadView the final sign-off on the “private conditions agreement” presented to him by Garden Hills had been signed off on virtually minutes before the Tuesday night NPU board meeting started.
Stang said the draft agreement that had been worked out with Garden Hills is very similar to the one Garden Hills has with Brand Properties for its redevelopment of the 5 acres that wrap around the Fellini’s parcel. Brand also changed the zoning of its parcel from C-1 to MRC-2.
Among the conditions agreed to between Fellini’s and Garden Hills were:
- Owner must maintain the number of parking spaces in the parking deck as required by the city of Atlanta and shall install and maintain any and all landscape areas along Peachtree Road and Rumson Road as depicted on the plan.
- Owner shall ensure that it controls all trash and debris on the property, both during construction and following and shall prevent trash or debris from flowing or washing off the property onto Rumson Road. During construction, owner shall sweep Rumson Road regularly and pick up any debris or spills promptly.
- All exterior lighting installed on the property shall be designed to be shielded at the source and constructed so as to minimize light spillage off-site and shall further be directed downward and away from adjacent properties.
- All dumpsters, loading and service facilities shall be screened and located as reflected on the site plan.
- Trash removal shall take place no earlier than 7 a.m. and no later than 5 p.m. on Monday through Sunday. All deliveries will be required to access from Rumson Road.
- Any construction on the property shall take place no earlier than 7 a.m. and later than 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and no earlier than 9 a.m. and later than 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. All construction equipment must be parked solely on the property.
- The parking deck will be configured as depicted on the site plan and there will be just one entry exit from it located at the same point where access to the present parking lot is located.
Stang said they would like to get the zoning change through the city by the end of August and would like to begin the redevelopment—initially with total demolition of the two restaurants presently on the site—in November. The development work could take six months.
Fellini’s is on the Thursday, July 14, agenda for the Atlanta Zoning Review Board—the next step in getting the zoning change approved. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chamber on the second floor of Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Avenue SW. The public is welcome.
Stang, who has been working with Fellini’s since 1983, showed the committee renderings for the proposed new Fellini’s restaurant and explained it would have a total of 250 seats, with 106 inside and 144 outside on the dining plaza. The restaurant presently has 306 seats total.
He said the new zoning would require them to have 20 parking spaces and they will be providing 24 onsite and are in discussions with both the Cathedral of St. Philip and Brand Properties about providing additional spaces for customers. Brand plans to build a mixed-use retail/office mid-rise development that will have a multi-level parking deck.
Stang explained that the entrance and exit from the covered parking level will be off Rumson Road, using the same driveway curb cut that the restaurants presently use. He said they are working with Brand regarding changes that might be made to the islands on Rumson Road.
Stang also said that plans for the new Fellini’s calls for improving the sidewalk along Rumson Road—widening it to 10 feet—and providing screening from the parking level and the dining plaza with plantings.
Stang told BuckheadView they hope Brand will start construction in early fall and get the walls to their mixed-use office/retail project up before November that will back up to two sides of the Fellini’s planned project.
One wall would be part of the retail/office structure and the other likely would be part of the Brand parking deck. Stang pointed out it would be virtually impossible to begin construction work on
the new Fellini’s without those Brand walls being in place.
Church’s permit to build greenspace approved
The NPU-B board also unanimously approved an application by Second Ponce de Leon Church for a special use permit to replace four current R-4 housing units with greenspace for use primarily as a play and learning center by the church’s youth program.
Garden Hills also negotiated a “private conditions agreement” with the church regarding hours of usage of the greenspace, restrictions on lighting, etc.