UPDATE: ‘Painted Pin’ gets board approval for Miami Circle

Bowling alley strikes an unanimous win at the BZA.

Bowling alley strikes an unanimous win at the BZA.

Plans for The Painted Pin have cleared all obstacles for opening, the 23,460-square-foot bowling alley announced in a press release Friday.

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The Painted Pin hit a few gutter balls earlier this year when The Miami Circle Merchants Association (MCMA) filed a petition against the bowling alley over concerns with the amount of parking.

The Painted Pin won its fight with the MCMA on Thursday at City Hall, according to the release.

Following their unanimous recommendations for approval from the Buckhead Development Review Committee (DRC) and Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU), The Painted Pin won unanimously from the members of the Board of Zoning Adjustments (BZA) further affirming they meet all city of Atlanta zoning code in regards to their Special Administrative Permit (SPA) for their proposed bowling alley.

“We are excited to finally build this dream into a reality and look forward to breaking ground in the immediate future,” Justin Amick, principal and founder of The Painted Pin, said in the release.

“We are going to be the best neighbors possible to all the surrounding businesses and hope to further solidify Miami Circle as a unique destination for Atlantans.”

The Painted Pin is slated to open in Spring 2014.

For more information on the MCMA’s complaints with The Painted Pin, check out the website the association launched here.


John Bowen

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  1. If parking is an issue, as the MCMA asserts, then people will not go bowling….problem solves itself.

    1. Adam, have you ever been to Miami Circle? Do you know what types of businesses are there? Many of the unique businesses that line Miami Circle rely on street parking to supplement the one or two parking spots in front of their small shops and galleries. Outside of the fact that a bowling alley is not a fit for that business district, the overflow customers will line the street, consuming all shared resources that the rest of the business community needs to be viable. So no, you are incorrect. People will still go bowling, they’re just going to park everywhere.

  2. It seems like the need for parking would be during off-hours, and not an issue for the typical business there (Eclipse di Luna notwithstanding.) I look at it the other way. It raises awareness of an area a lot of people might otherwise overlook.

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