A highly visible gas station at the cusp of downtown and Midtown could soon see a unique transformation.
The BP at the corner of North Avenue and Spring Street, across from The Varsity, is seen by hundreds of thousands of commuters daily from the adjacent Connector.
Bisnow reports that the owner of the station is hoping to leverage the location by adding office space to the site, above the gas station.
While the plan may sound ambitious, renderings indicate the proposal is simply to add a one-story office building on top of the retail space, which houses a mini-mart and Dunkin’ Donuts.
Owner Amin Alihbai says the land is simply too valuable these days to have merely a gas station on it. Underscoring that point, records show he paid $13 million for the property just last year.
Of course, the highly visible, interstate-adjacent location would ultimately be perfect for a much denser development, but for now, Alihbai hopes to add space downstairs for a Domino’s Pizza, and build out offices for his company on the second floor.
The idea of a mixed-use fill-up station is relatively new for Atlanta, but they do exist.
A Chevron in Buckhead—at West Paces Ferry Road and Northside Parkway—is topped by a similar-looking glass space, though its current use is unknown. And downtown, construction should soon begin on a residential tower with a gas station at its base.
Since just about every other thing has been used to anchor mixed-use developments, are gas stations the next logical step?