The tip line's been abuzz lately with people, well, excited about what appears to be construction activity at a long-dormant site where both male and female dancers shed every stitch of clothing for years.
Last occupied by Coronet Club and Doll House strip clubs, the standalone building at 5275 Roswell Road closed almost four years ago, following a crackdown on nude dancing by Sandy Springs government and a court battle that had dragged on for 12 years.
Beyond Coronet Club and Doll House, clubs Flashers and Mardi Gras exhausted appeals and had shuttered by September 2018—effectively eradicating nude dancing in Sandy Springs, which critics said had been a goal of the Fulton County city since it incorporated in 2005.
At the highly visible site where the male-female concept operated—located on the east side of Roswell Road, just inside the 285 Perimeter—developer Stephen Pistorius sought zoning changes from commercial to “Neighborhood Village” to build an assisted living facility in the vacant building in late 2018. But by early the next year, following neighbor concerns about increased traffic, Pistorius withdrew the rezoning request, according to Reporter Newspapers.
It’s been crickets since—until last month.
Signage and construction fencing by Stroud and Company, a Macon-based general contractor, have blocked the majority of the property from Roswell Road. But exactly what the company intends to do isn’t yet clear.
Email inquiries to Stroud haven’t been returned. Ditto for a request for information with the City of Sandy Springs’ outgoing spokesperson.
One proposal that would seem to be a solid clue is called Sandy Springs Medical Plaza, which called for leaving the former dual-branded stripper emporium in place as retail and building medical facilities and parking just to the south. It was listed as becoming available in the first quarter of 2021.
But reps with Cushman & Wakefield, a commercial real estate services firm, listed as contacts on promotional materials for Sandy Springs Medical Plaza tell Urbanize Atlanta they’ve never heard of it.
Fulton County property records indicate the .9-acre property was purchased for $2.85 million in August by a Decatur-based LLC called Pace Eleven. No one with Pace Eleven could be reached this week.
One thing is certain: Whatever’s coming to this section of Roswell Road, if anything, won’t involve striptease.
Sandy Springs drafted an ordinance prohibiting alcohol sales at its three strip clubs as one of its first acts upon becoming an incorporated city 17 years ago, as the AJC reported in 2018.
The thinking generally went that nudie bars didn’t fit the city’s wholesome family-friendly image, spurred crime problems, and stymied development progress on Roswell Road.
• Sandy Springs news, discussion (Urbanize Atlanta)