Buckhead Shell station plans enormous redevelopment.
The Shell gas station and car wash located at 3669 Powers Ferry Road, near Roswell Road in Buckhead, plans to demolish their current facility and build a giant, new, two-story building in its place.
The new development, which will reportedly include both a Dunkin' Donuts and Subway, as well as a new gas station and convenience store, will cost an estimated $2.2 million.
Amazingly, the property, which currently has vehicular access from both Powers Ferry and Roswell Roads, is less than a half an acre in size.
The property on which the gas station is located is situated adjacent to, although "not a part" of, Powers Ferry Square shopping center. As many will recall, the shopping center was home to a popular Dunkin' Donuts for many years before its abrupt closure at the end of 2013. Bartaco has since opened in its place, with a new gourmet doughnut shop, Bon Glaze, expected to open next door in the coming weeks.
The redevelopment of the gas station will reportedly include underground parking. Sans the multiple eateries and underground parking, multi-story gas stations are not super rare in metro Atlanta. Among those that have two-stories are the Chevron at the corner of Northside Parkway and West Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead, as well as the Chevron on LaVista Road near Northlake Mall.
Owners Mahesh & Smita Patel are uniquely positioned to complete the Buckhead Shell redevelopment given Mahesh's expertise as a commercial real estate developer.
Over the summer, the Patels successfully petititioned to have their required onsite parking reduced from 31 spaces to 20.
The street level will feature the two eateries, gas station and convenience store, with the second story housing offices for the businesses, all of which will be franchised by the Patels. Underground parking will be located beneath the street level portion of the building.
Current plans call for the existing Shell to close this coming March with a (highly optimistic) reopening of the new complex planned for this coming July.
As a nearby resident, I for one hope that the Patels don't consider raising their gas prices (already a full 50 cents higher than the Kroger gas station 2.5 miles north) anymore to pay for the expensive project.
Do you think the supersizing of the Shell is necessary? Will you patronize this business more or less after the change? Do you think this project should have been approved?
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