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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Former Gold Club space sought for another nightclub – Updated

The vacant building that once housed the notorious Gold Club could again become a nightclub – providing nearby homeowners drop their opposition.

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Tonight – as I write this, in fact – Buckhead's Neighborhood Planning Unit B is considering a proposal by a group calling itself F & C Buckhead Investments to reopen the property at 2416 Piedmont Road as a new nightclub.

Jeff Shell, the NPU chairman, says this will be the applicants' second appearance. They came last month before the NPU, but had little information to offer about the type of nightclub they wanted, landscaping plans, floor plans, management team, etc.

"Lots of our members felt they weren't very well prepared," Shell says. "People had concerns just based on the history of the property."

Ah, yes, Gold Club history. When the Feds took possession of the property in 2001 following a high-profile conspiracy trial, it was written into a legal covenant that the building can never house another strip club. If you'd like to reminisce, allow me to suggest this article from 2001.

Anyway, because the NPU voted to recommend denial for the new club's liquor license application, the nightclub team is returning with more details in an effort to change folks' minds.

"Personally, I think it's a perfect location for a nightclub and could be an asset for the neighborhood," says Shell, noting that the site has ample parking behind a security fence and is close to a MARTA stop.

Trivia question: The Feds unloaded the Gold Club property a few years back. Who's the current owner?

(Answer: A group headed by former Beltline land baron Wayne Mason and the Kim King estate.)

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