Emory Village Sherlock’s Wine Merchant status uncertain

Posted by Dena Mellick December 15, 2015
The old Chevron site at Emory Village could become a wine store. Photo by Dena Mellick

The old Chevron site at Emory Village could become a wine store. Photo by Dena Mellick

A spokesperson for Sherlock’s Wine Merchant said there is no update on the Sherlock’s store that was being planned for Emory Village.

A developer wanted to turn the old Chevron station at 1574 North Decatur Road into a Sherlock’s Wine Merchant and possible restaurant.

Plans submitted by the developer for the Sherlock’s Wine Merchant store. Photo obtained from EmoryVillage.org

Plans submitted by the developer for the Sherlock’s Wine Merchant store. Photo obtained from EmoryVillage.org

Safety concerns over parking spaces led the DeKalb Zoning Board of Appeals to defer action on several requested variances. Jimmy Parson is listed as the applicant for the variances. In October, county documents show he withdrew his request for the parking variance to allow parking in front of the building and three other variance requests.

Doug Bryant with Sherlock’s told Decaturish in an emailed statement, “There is no news to share with you regarding Emory Village. I can tell you we are opening a new store in South Buckhead on Peachtree Rd. first quarter next year. It will be our newest model of a specialty wine store focused on our commitment to education, quality and value. The store is being designed by one of Atlanta’s most innovative architects, Ryan Duffy.”

In July, the DeKalb County Historic Preservation Commission approved a certificate of appropriateness for Sherlock’s Wine Merchant.

A letter included with the plans said, “The present proposed use of the property is as an approximately 2000 SF wine store as described in the Emory Village Overlay District, however it is essential to the applicant that the property meet all the necessary requirements to permit a restaurant use as future tenant.”

An August letter to the DeKalb County Zoning Board of Appeals said staff recommended approval of the variances. A staff analysis noted the variances would not be “materially detrimental to the public welfare or injurious to the property…”

It did say that the DeKalb County Transportation Department should take a look at how vehicles would enter and exit.

A real estate listing by Coldwell Banker Homes lists the Emory Village property at $1.1 million.

Another wine shop in Emory Village, The Purple Corkscrew, recently closed shop to move to Avondale Estates.

About Dena Mellick

Dena Mellick is the Associate Editor of Decaturish.com.

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