Friday, November 7, 2014

Former Executive Park Hotel Will Be Demolished Saturday Nov 8th


The building at 1447 N.E. Expressway, near North Druid Hills Road and I-85, opened in 1971 as the Executive Park Motor Hotel.  In its later years, the building served as a training facility for BellSouth.  In the late 2000s, there was talk of a hotel operator taking over the building and renovating it to reopen it as a hotel, but that hasn't happened. There was also talk of an apartment developer redeveloping the property for hundreds of apartments, but again, nothing happened.    

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, which already has a significant presence in the area, and more specifically within Executive Park, purchased the property in January, 2013. The roughly 5.5 acre property was purchased for $9.6 million and allow for both additional parking and a tentatively planned medical office building.  Although work is finally underway to level the buildings, the replacement facility situation is said to be "fluid," with a number of options being considered. 

A press release from July indicates a renovation was considered, but that the decision was made to demolish instead.  

"After a thorough evaluation, Children’s determined that renovation was not a viable option for this building. The current structure, with its outdated construction and design, would not be able to serve any potential future needs of the pediatric health care system."

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