Beneath a throwback roofline like Charlie Brown’s T-shirt, a unique property in West End is vying for a new lease on life while angling to capitalize on BeltLine cachet.

Marketed as an “iconic neighborhood commercial retail building,” the 1308 Donnelly Avenue structure dates back to 1965 and had operated for years as a laundromat.

The .3-acre property is located about a block from entrances to both the northern and southernmost sections of the BeltLine’s Westside Trail, between Gordon-White Park and the Lee + White mixed-use district. (The Keller Knapp Commercial listing pegs the distance to the BeltLine at 240 feet.)

The 1308 Donnelly Avenue building's distinctive roofline during its former use as a laundromat. Courtesy of FLGA Investors

Nick Scarmazzo, an asset manager with FLGA Investors, tells Urbanize Atlanta he’s “finishing up white-boxing” the space with hopes “that it may be leased up to somebody in the direct community.”

“[It’s a] perfect cornerstone property adjacent to the BeltLine that sits next to an 8-acre community garden,” Scarmazzo noted via email.

Now empty, the two-story, 4,850-square-foot space includes the original wood ceilings. Parking is located in front and behind the building, with an overflow lot across the street. The going rate is $20 per square foot, per year.

Courtesy of FLGA Investors

Courtesy of FLGA Investors

The property is zoned C-1—a community business designation that allows for a wide range of uses, from banks to supportive housing—and Scarmazzo says any permitted use would be acceptable.  

“However, I do hope for some sort of coffee or restaurant concept,” he wrote, “in which case an extended buildout period would be offered... with negotiable [tenant improvements paid].”

Find more context and property photos in the gallery above—and let the brainstorming commence.

The 1308 Donnelly Avenue location, with the Westside Trail illustrated in green. Google Maps


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