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  • Damn gentrification is pushing me out too?!

  • Great opportunity for someone. Really interesting building. And it makes me happy because I live two blocks away! I vote for a mixed use development with (much needed!) retail and condos.

  • Only $2.2M? Are they just hoping that the ensuing developer war will bring in some extra business before the final sale.

  • justinbc

    That building looks beautiful, seems like a great deal depending on what the zoning allowances are there.

  • Love that turret!

  • Damn–at first glance all I saw was “funeral home” and “for sale” and for a split second I thought it was the Bacon Funeral Home.

  • i bet they level the building and build another brown apartment building.

    • I’m sure they will. Remember how long it took for the turret to be repaired after the earthquake? A shame…it’s a charming remnant of a past architectural era not seen on Georgia any more.

    • Yeah. I’d love it if they kept the building, but I have a feeling that whoever buys it is going to raze it.

    • Let’s hope not! Developers could likely charge more for redoing a “historic” building (assuming they could build up behind the turret).

    • It did seem like it took a long time and effort to repair the earth quake damages. I’m sure the maintenance of a historic building caught up and being in a prime location I think it is smart move. Funeral homes aren’t dependent on geography, right? Quick search on what C3A brings, if residential it’s max 75% so hopefully whatever gets built brings some retail, specifically food options!

  • Anyone have an update on what’s going on right next door to this in the vacant lot (3825-3829)? I know there have been plans to build a new mixed-use development there and I’ve seen some new Donatelli Development signs on their chain link fence recently, but no actual work is being done. I wonder if these sellers are hoping to entice the developers of the vacant lots to buy their property and incorporate it into their plans?

    • Are you referring to the lot next to like Chez Billy? I believe they have starting moving dirt and tearing down an old, run down building. Heard its only residential though… No retail. Shame.

      • I’m not sure that’s the case. It looks like the building that was adjoining that row got torn down and that’s where the work is happening, but the empty lot has no movement. I was hoping it was being combined, but it doesn’t look like it.

      • There is enough retail space on GA, fill an empty storefront. No retail is fine by me

  • after hours venue for the win

  • Wonder what extras you get when a funeral home is sold “as is.”

    • Probably some costly environmental remediation as the chemicals used in the burial process aren’t exactly meant for live people.

  • During the housing boom 2005-2006 I remember a development group gave a presentation to our ANC meeting, with a plan to raze the whole block leading up to the funeral home. They would have kept that 4-story portion, but the building would grow taller in steps to preserve its distinct contribution to the block. (The ground sloping down to the south would allow more buildable floors without going higher than the turret in any case.) All in all, it looked like a good proposal with sensitivities to the existing neighborhood context. I was for it.

    My ANC rep was against it, citing among other things the need to preserve a vacant, derelict commercial storefront in that block that once housed Billy Simpson’s Steakhouse. Thus was Chez Billy given a chance to exist! ANC rep 1, me 0.

    But I hope the developers have the good sense to keep the turret, and preserve the best part of that plan.

  • That would make a hell of a house 🙂

    • +1. I bet there would be demand for condos in this building, even though/possibly because the idea is so morbid. And from the exterior, it looks like it would make very interesting living spaces.

  • I have been told by a restauranteur that it’s nearly impossible to get the smell of embalming fluids out of long time funeral homes. That and the fact that the turret is in a constant state of disrepair lead me to think this will likely be demolished by the buyer – just like the three separate Reeves Center appraisers who all came to the same conclusion – that the land is worth more without the building than with it.

  • Sparta

    A funeral home-to-apartment/condo reno can be done without tearing down the original building. In fact, it has:

    The former Frazier’s Funeral Home (& Cremation services!) with its formstone facade and bright blue awnings is now a lovely apartment building with its original red bricks repointed and turret intact.

  • I wish there was a way to get the voice of the community heard and preserve the building when it’s sold but we cannot even keep crazy pop ups from happening.

    • justinbc

      The problem with hearing voices is that there’s often more than one.

      • True, but I doubt people IN the community would disagree when it comes to preserving the arquitechture of this building. I’m sure developers and some outsiders would disagree but I don’t consider them part of the neighborhood community.

    • The problem with that, as mentioned above, it’s nearly impossible to turn a funeral home into any other type of business. That’s probably why the asking price is so cheap. Either they knock it down, another funeral home moves in, or it’ll remain vacant. It’s sad, but that’s what they have to deal with.

      • This simply isn’t true. See the Link about Frazier’s Fundral Home above. It’s really a beautiful home now.

  • 100% teardown. Hopefully the condos will be haunted as that would confirm that there is an afterlife.

  • The lot next-door is being redeveloped. Here is the info: http://www.mosaicurban.com/development.html

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