United Motors Services Building & Adjacent Properties on Peachtree
Central Atlanta Progress recently sold the former United Motors Services building to Emory University. Emory has not yet determined the fate of the building: “A lot of this remains to be seen,” Robin Morey, Emory’s vice president and chief planning officer, told the Atlanta Business Chronicle. “We are going to start a conditions assessment on the property to determine the mechanical, electrical and structural capacity." Adjacent properties also related to "Automobile Row" are slated for intensive redevelopment. Nearby, several other properties that were part of Automobile Row have been demolished, one of them by Emory.
- Call and email the Atlanta Urban Design Commission and tell them you support the designation of these buildings. The original nomination (for 477 Peachtree) was submitted in the 1980s and was recently resubmitted by Historic Atlanta
Also known as the Peachtree Pine Homeless Shelter, former home to the Atlanta Ballet, and 477 Peachtree Street, the building is now owned by Central Atlanta Progress (CAP). CAP has no current plans for the building but they do plan on studying potential reuse strategies.
489, 493, and 495 Peachtree are also threatened by development.
The developer (Management Group, AKA "SoNo on Peachtree" ) was originally proposing to demolish these 3 buildings just north of the 477 Peachtree building for a mixed-use development. These buildings, along with 477 Peachtree, were once part of what was called Automobile Row, an area largely composed of automobile retail and service operations.
After preservation advocates voiced concerns over the proposed demolitions, the developer now intends to retain the historic buildings and place new construction on the back side where there are now only surface parking lots.