Tuesday, August 1, 2017

New Development Planned for Site of Historic Goodwin House in Brookhaven

Gipco Southern, Inc., an Atlanta based real estate development firm, plans to construct a new, approximately 50,000 square foot building on Peachtree Road near Colonial Drive.  The project, which is located just north of the new Walgreens and Piedmont Healthcare facility (which Gipson also developed), is slated to be three stories with plans to include both retail/restaurant tenants as well as offices.   According to Gipson, the new building will compliment the Walgreens building and will be "timeless and classic" in design. 

The parcel is just under two acres and includes both the former Goodwin House property as well as the Subway restaurant property.  The Subway recently closed, paving the way for the new development. 

The Solomon Goodwin House, located at 3931 Peachtree Road, is about .5 miles east of the Atlanta city limits.   The house, which dates back to 1831, was the oldest building still standing in DeKalb County, and was the oldest building "Inside the Perimeter."  The home was once part of a 600-acre farm.  Its most recent home was already a relocation from where it originally stood near the intersection of North Druid Hills and Peachtree Roads.

Last fall, the home was dismantled and relocated to an undisclosed location nearby.  Sources say the plan is to rebuild the home in the area but a permanent new site for the home has reportedly not yet been finalized.

The new development will reportedly have a 14,000-15,000 square foot first floor and the balance of the 50,000 square feet split between floors two and three.  

I asked Jay Gipson of Gipco if Chick-fil-A, long rumored to be planning a Brookhaven location, might be involved in his project, and he said it just couldn't work given the traffic it would attract.  Gipson is hoping to land at least one restaurant for the first floor space, but has reportedly not made it far enough with any parties to disclose a potential operator.  

Plans call for the project to be completed by summer 2018. 

What would you like to see open in the new development? Where would you like to see the Goodwin House rebuilt?  Are you pleased with the recent and upcoming development in Brookhaven?

Please share your thoughts below.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like the lot will become treeless and typical.

Anonymous said...

Wonder what they did with the graves there.

Anonymous said...

Well, Anon @ 10:13pm feel free to start buying up commercial properties around town and and turning them into tree preserves.

Anonymous said...

@ 4:21 Why do you hate our precious Earth so much?

Magnolia said...

I am concerned about desecrating graves. Does anyone know anything about this?

Anonymous said...

@Magnolia, those graves were already moved there once from a previous location, and I believe have since been moved again to Nancy Creek Primitive Baptist Church, if I'm not mistaken. I appreciate your concern, though...I too am concern about the future of this home. I pray it is rebuilt in a safe, pleasant location free from the threats of future development where all can appreciate it and the history that comes along with it!

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