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Inman Park auto garage has been reborn as ‘modern meditation center’

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Remodeled Kadampa space near the Beltline fronts Edgewood Avenue

A photo of the exterior of the building.
The refreshed Edgewood Avenue facade.
Photos courtesy of Kadampa Meditation Center Georgia

Years in the making, an adaptive-reuse project that’s turned a 1930s Inman Park auto garage into a much more meditative space will officially wrap Saturday.

Fronting Edgewood Avenue, two blocks from the Beltline’s Eastside Trail, the 1938 brick building once housed AAA Electric Motor Service.

As part of a revitalized retail strip that includes Revolution Donuts and Inman Dry Goods The Craftivist, the building will function as “a new source of inner peace” as the home of Buddhist Kadampa Meditation Center Georgia, officials tell Curbed Atlanta.

Beyond a meditation room, the redesigned space, which will host a grand opening Saturday, includes a bookstore, gift shop, lounge, and children’s meditation area.

Expect programmed events such as daily meditation classes, day courses, and retreats for every level of practice.

A meditation room inside the repurposed building.

The programs will aim “to provide accessible meditation techniques that can help students become more calm, peaceful, and happier in their day-to-day life,” according to a press release.

Kadampa Meditation Center Georgia, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization run by volunteers, was established in Atlanta in 1998.

Volunteers previously operated the World Peace Café in Sandy Springs from 2007 to 2013.

The center’s grand opening is planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, featuring free meditation workshops, music, a complimentary lunch, and door prizes.

Note: This article has been updated to correct a factual error.