Grand China, which may be Buckhead’s longest-surviving restaurant in one spot, is nearing the end of its lease on the building at 2975 Peachtree Road and wants to move into an old brick, mansion-style house zoned for commercial use at 2905 Peachtree Road.

But the owners of Grand China, who own the property at 2905 Peachtree, need to get a special exception from zoning regulations to reduce the required on-site parking from 53 spaces to 16 spaces for the conversion of the commercial building to a restaurant.

Grand China has been in Buckhead for 20-plus years and has often been ranked as Atlanta’s top Chinese restaurant. Tse Chih Chang and Kuo Chi Chang are the owners.

The zoning adjustment application was initially on the Nov. 4 agenda for Neighborhood Planning Unit B but was deferred until the Dec. 2 meeting.

According to Bill Bozarth, the Garden Hills Civic Association representative to NPU-B, there is not enough room at 2905 Peachtree to come up with the 53 spaces that are required by the city. So the Changs would have to make arrangements for nearby off-site parking to accommodate 37 cars — the difference between 16 and 53 spaces.

The Changs say they have tried to negotiate for off-site parking with The Peach shopping center across Peachtree Road from the proposed restaurant site, as well as with another nearby parking facility, but have failed. They also say they do not need as much parking as a standard restaurant because a significant part of their business is takeout instead of sit-in.

Bozarth said NPU-B and Garden Hills are hopeful of reaching a workable solution because Grand China has been in the neighborhood for many years and “we place a lot of value on retaining existing businesses.”

The application is on the Dec. 2 agenda for NPU-B.

— John Schaffner

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