Starbucks Looking To Open New Coffee Shop On Same Block as Planned Ground-Up Chick-Fil-A

One of two parcels that would house the coffee chain on Boulevard would first have to be rezoned.
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Starbucks is planning a coffee shop on the corner of Boulevard NE and North Avenue.

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The chain this week submitted a rezoning application to the City of Atlanta seeking the necessary approvals for the “construction of a Starbucks restaurant” on two adjacent parcels, at 619 and 625 Boulevard.

Only one of the parcels—625—would have to be rezoned while the other parcel, currently home to Premier Chronic Pain Care, at 619 Boulevard NE, is already in a “C-1” or “Community Business District” zone, according to the filing.

A point person for the filing confirmed the application with What Now Atlanta but was not able to comment on the plans Thursday and Starbucks corporate was not immediately reachable by telephone or email.

Another powerhouse food and beverage chain is undergoing a similar rezoning process on the same City block.

Chick-fil-A is looking to build a new location from the ground-up on the corner of Boulevard NE and Ponce de Leon Avenue, just 0.1 miles north of the planned Starbucks.

  • This stretch of Boulevard is a bit on the rougher side as compared to other sections that have seen changes over the past few years so interesting that these two national brands are coming in. I’m actually excited to see this building and the Texaco go away.

    What Now editors – hopeful you can make some improvements to the commenting. Would like to stay logged in versus entering name and email each time. Also want a comment tracker so it is easier to see when new comments have been posted. Again, taking up a similar platform that Curbed had would be appreciated.

  • I lived within a block of this place when I first came to Atlanta. It has definitely been a “hold-out” from the gentrification all around it. Mainly because it is a designated drug dealing location (don’t ask me who designates these things, but if you go there at any time of night or day there are people on the corners) with all the resulting violence and police activity.

    If this block is “cleaned-up” it will feel like the end of a saga of gentrification which started over a decade ago.

      • Didn’t have any options. I was broke and it was a recession. Living there helped me save enough to buy a house and escape the forever-a-renter trap. The leasing agent even called me and told me not to live there, but I honestly quite liked it and never regretted the decision. A shooting on the sidewalk outside my place the month before I left pretty much convinced me it was time to move on though…

      • No joke! I thought I was tough and able to put up with sketchy areas, but there is no way I would ever have lived within a few block of this place even four years ago.

  • If someone had told me ten (probably even five) years ago that condos from the 290s would be going up on Boulevard near North Avenue, I would have told them they were nuts. Are the landlords on Boulevard going up on their rent, or are they selling their land and cashing out? Or is it a combination.

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