(PHOTOS) – Waffle House construction, ‘Stay Off the Grass’

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 10, 2015

Associate Editor Dena Mellick was out and about this morning and snapped a few photos.

Construction of a Waffle House under Eddie’s Attic began this Spring and is still underway, after hitting a slight snag.

Waffle House construction in downtown Decatur. Photo by Dena Mellick

Waffle House construction in downtown Decatur on July 10. Photo by Dena Mellick

According to the city, last month it was discovered “that all of the brick had been removed on the lower floor.” There was a plan to conduct more exploratory work on the second floor to see if there was any brick under the stucco covering.

The building on 515 N. McDonough Street was originally a Belk’s department store, according to the city.

The Waffle House chain got its start in 1955, right down the road in Avondale Estates. It’s now a Waffle House Museum, open a few days a week for tours.

The city is also trying to give its poor grass covering the Square a little room to breathe. Currently there’s fencing and signs encouraging residents and visitors to keep to the sidewalks to allow grass to grow on some of the barren spots.

Photo by Dena Mellick

Photo by Dena Mellick

Photo by Dena Mellick

Photo by Dena Mellick

Photo by Dena Mellick

Photo by Dena Mellick

Keeping the grass growing on Decatur’s most popular attraction has proved challenging for the city. Last year, the city of Decatur City Commission asked about the problem.

“Weren’t we supposed to get some kind of grass that was just going to be great and look beautiful all the time,” Boykin asked last July.

Assistant City Manager David Junger said at the time a city contractor would visit the Square to fertilize and top dress it.

Boykin replied that in some places the lawn on the Square “looks like dirt.”

“I don’t know what top dressing is going to do for that,” he said.

“It’s organic material,” Junger said. “It’s going to help.”

Lyn Menne, Decatur’s Assistant City Manager in charge of Community and Economic Development, had blamed lawn’s lackluster performance on the weather.

“I think one of the things that we found out, just in bringing the landscape architect back, last summer was a very wet and relatively cool summer and it just never had a chance to get established,” she said last July.

Decatur’s festivals and events like the July 4 fireworks display continue to take their toll on the city’s lawn, it seems. But at least the signs are cute.

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  • Brad

    Solution, as designed at Duluth Town Green: excavate about 8-12 inches…till subbase, place about 6-8 inches of washed, clean gravel, lay a level course of finer gravel, lay sod directly on top. Irrigate the heck out of it, and the sod roots will grow through the gravel into the soil. The gravel acts as a protective layer regarding over use of foot traffic and prevents compaction. Don’t ever aerate though, will mess up the roots. After its established you can scale back the irrigation.

  • Thisten

    What about some kind of artificial surface? FieldTurf? Perhaps a hybrid system (grass reinforced with artificial fibers like Desso GrassMaster)? Not sure about the cost to install and maintain, but these are fairly small patches that receive a ton of traffic. Maybe it makes sense at this point to explore other options.

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