Posts tagged with "Scottish Rite"

A new restaurant called “Scout” will open in the old McGowan’s space this summer

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt March 17, 2016

This story has been updated.  It’s been more than two years since McGowan’s Oakhurst Pub closed, leaving the restaurant space at the Scottish Rite property vacant. Now a new restaurant, Scout, will be taking its place. The restaurant will be owned by Chris Martha and will open sometime this summer. According to a press release, […]

City remains quiet about plans for the Scottish Rite space

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt December 14, 2015

This March will mark two years since McGowan’s Oakhurst Pub closed, leaving a restaurant space at the Scottish Rite property vacant. There’s a deal in the works that would put another restaurant in its place, but the building’s new owner – the city of Decatur’s Downtown Development Authority – won’t say who it is, citing a confidentiality […]

Decatur negotiates lease for Scottish Rite space

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 23, 2015

It’s been over a year since McGowan’s Oakhurst Pub suddenly closed, leaving the city’s historic Socttish Rite space empty and exposing a complicated lawsuit related to the property. The Decatur City Commission voted to purchase the property, via the Decatur Downtown Development Authority, back in October. Assistant City Manager Lyn Menne said the DDA has reached an […]

Decatur considering two restaurant proposals for Scottish Rite space

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 16, 2015

The city of Decatur’s Downtown Development Authority is considering two proposals for the vacant restaurant space at the historic Scottish Rite building in Oakhurst. It has been empty since McGowan’s Oakhurst Pub closed back in March. The Decatur City Commission voted to purchase the property, via the DDA, back in October. The city’s purchase also resolved a […]

Decatur City Commission approves UDO

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt November 17, 2014

Decatur City Commissioners approved a major revision of the city’s zoning codes on Monday, Nov. 17. While the city says 95 percent of the ordinance is cleaning up what’s already on the books, there are changes aimed at making buildings more energy efficient and promoting affordable housing. The final draft is more than 400 pages […]

Decatur Development Authority to buy Scottish Rite

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt October 6, 2014

This story has been updated.  The City of Decatur will soon become the new owner of the historic Scottish Rite building in Oakhurst as part of a deal to save the building and resolve a lawsuit against its current owner. City Commissioners on Oct. 6 unanimously approved a resolution to support the purchase of the […]

Little help? – Decatur asked to join lawsuit

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 3, 2014

A local attorney says the city of Decatur has a stake in a lawsuit concerning the ownership of the historic Scottish Rite property in Oakhurst. So far, city commissioners, the city manager and the city attorney are not saying if they expect to become a party to the suit. A reporter approached city officials after […]

Read it – The Scottish Rite lawsuit

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt March 25, 2014

After we broke the news that the old Scottish Rite property is currently tied up in a lawsuit, readers had lots of questions. What are the terms of the lease between Community Center of South Decatur and Progressive Decatur, aka Progressive Redevelopment Inc.? What were the terms of the purchase option that CCSD wants to execute […]

Power struggle – Why McGowan’s closed

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt March 24, 2014

It just didn’t make sense. McGowan’s Oakhurst Pub at the historic Scottish Rite building on West Hill Street shut its doors last week. For a few days, people weren’t quite sure what had happened. Chris Seaver, a reader, Tweeted to Decaturish, “Did McGowan’s in Oakhurst close? Any idea what might take its place?” At first, […]

Scottish Rite For Sale At $2.1 Million

Posted by Decaturish.com December 5, 2013

One of Decatur’s landmark buildings is for sale. Decatur Metro reports that Adams Commercial Real Estate has put the former Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital building in Oakhurst on the market. The sale includes the Solarium, according to Adams Commercial Real Estate. The real estate firm’s website lists the selling price at $2.1 million. The building […]

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