Special Use Permit Requested for East Atlanta Food Park Near East Atlanta Village

The Food Truck Park would Continue a Pattern of Development Heading South on Flat Shoals Road
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Developers Pellerin Real Estate has requested a Special Use Permit (SUP) for the development of the East Atlanta Food Park on an undeveloped .3 acre lot in East Atlanta, approximately 1 mile south of East Atlanta Village.

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Located at the intersection of Bouldercrest Drive and Flat Shoals Road, the park would include 10 parking stalls for food truck vendors and large triangular shade structure with picnic tables covering most of the lot. No additional customer parking will be created as there are no enclosed structures being constructed.

Rafa Pereira, an associate with Pellerin Real Estate, told What Now Atlanta that the “the vision for the East Atlanta Food Park is to provide a casual and fun environment to the neighborhood. [We hope to] allow the community to access a variety of food cultures and furthermore provide a safe and affordable space for Chefs and Restauranteurs to showcase their cuisine and creativity.” 

Property records indicate the lot was sold for $250,000 to 876 Bouldercrest LLC in 2018. According to Google Street View imagery, the lot has been vacant for at least the past decade. However, the northernmost corner of the lot has been home to various art installations over the years, including what could be described as a small “tactical urbanist” pavilion which most recently occupied the space.

While the food park itself would be a relatively small development, it is part of a pattern of redevelopment along the Flat Shoals corridor. The Seven at Flat Shoals townhomes were recently constructed a block north along Flat Shoals, while another set of townhomes are under development just north of the proposed Food Truck Park.

Historically, food truck parks have often been used as a placeholder land use while more permanent development plans take shape. However, there are no indications of the long-term plans for 876 Bouldercrest at this time.

Pellerin Real Estate itself has been involved in redevelopment activity elsewhere on the Flat Shoals corridor. As reported by What Now Atlanta, the developers are poised to open The Southern Feed Store in East Atlanta Village in the building which used to house Graveyard Tavern.

Note: this article has been updated from a previous version to include the project title, renderings, and a statement from the developer.

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Daniel Alvarado

Daniel Alvarado

Daniel Alvarado is an AICP Certified Urban Planner, transportation advocate, researcher and writer originally from San Antonio, Texas. He received his Master's Degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin, where his research focused on the intersection of green infrastructure and transportation. Daniel has been published by Decipher City, Progrss.org, and has contributed to dozens of comprehensive and transportation plans across the country.
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