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Construction Underway for Downtown Storefront

The Greer commercial building on South Peachtree Street is finally getting rebuilt.

, the empty storefront between and the old Greer Ivey Hardware store on South Peachtree Street is finally getting a fresh facade.

Construction started Monday on what many refer to as the "Greer building," the 87 S. Peachtree St. space owned by the Greer family.

The Norcross Architectural Review Board has approved the conditions of the restructuring plans, which involves constructing a 1920's facade to match the rest of downtown, according to City Planner Chris McCrary.

The board also approved the construction of a "light shell" storefront so that essentially any business owner who would occupy the space can turn it into whatever he or she pleases.

David Greer, one of the owners of the building, said he wishes to either sell, lease or rent out the space, but has not made an official decision on what business will end up occupying the storefront.

"We've had a lot of inquiries on the space, but we have not had a full determination of what will go there," Greer said, adding that entrepreneurs from the restaurant, retail and office industries all have made offers.

Many Norcross locals are interested in , but McCrary's main concern on the old space was the safety, which is the reason why the structure was demolished in the first place.

Earlier in the year, an independent structural engineer determined that the building had been safety hazard because of its dilapidation from water and rain infiltration. The after McCrary's proposal to do so at the March city council meeting, and it was only a few weeks until the storefront was completely taken down.

McCrary and Greer both said that construction should be finished in the next 90 days.

What kind of business would you like to see in the Greer space on South Peachtree Street? Tell us in the comments below.

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Susie Schklar July 26, 2012 at 11:53 AM
I would love to see a fabric / yarn shop with emphasis on quilts. It could be a very desirable 'destination' retail store.
Elaine Fuerst July 26, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Comment on comment: Like idea of fabric/yarn shop, but rent would probably be astronomical given the history of that property. Only a seasoned merchant can do well there. Fabric/yarn with tailor/dry cleaners would work. And place for knitting, quilting sessions to be held.
Elaine Fuerst July 26, 2012 at 01:15 PM
#Norcross Chinese / Thai restaurant with air conditioning - guess have to ask why last one didn't succeed - Maybe #Details should open branch & split store with children's clothing and toys. Decorate storefront windows with A.K.'s antique collection of toys! Wouldn't that be special. Could turn into online order pick up place as well. Stop me.
AleXander Dodd July 26, 2012 at 02:12 PM
A premium wine shop would be great to have and I'm sure they could generate a good amount of revenue!
Neva Spell July 26, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Lets be careful what we put in there, please. If a restaurant is built-out there, then we're stuck with our 10th one, then its hard to change for any other type of business. Lets bare in mind that the rent is still due each month no matter what and the product or service take-in/profit, needs to pay itself and then also the owner a salary, which is hard to do right now, just ask me. CHEERS:-}
Ground Chuck July 26, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Having first hand knowledge of the challenges of downtown businesses, the unit should be segregated into several small businesses (multi-tenant) much like Antique Traditions. Then all of the ideas could be incorporated. Standalone businesses are struggling whereas multi-tenant businesses are booming. Another restaurant probably won't work, and ice cream/bakery/candy won't generate enough to cover the rent. Multi-tenant is the way to go. What we don't need is another startup that soon fails.
Elaine Fuerst July 26, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Great idea, Ground Chuck. Multi-tenant is great way to go. It's so much fun to go from "business" to "business" within Antique Traditions' walls. I always find something to buy. Just as I do at Good Things. Long-time Norcross merchants know the rent keeps going up on that street. Although it sounds unfair, the principles of supply and demand still play quite well in this wonderful city.
Sally Toole July 26, 2012 at 04:44 PM
How about a bowling alley LOL~ There once was one next door to that property! I don't feel 'stuck' with the wonderful restaurants in town...I feel blessed.
Neva Spell July 26, 2012 at 06:25 PM
@Sally Nothing wrong with restaurants but, I think we're looking for balance in the Downtown area. Once you build-out for a restaurant, you're stuck with that, since it costs way to much money to change the layout for anything else. CHEERS:-}

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