Clermont Hotel (Courtesy of Google Maps)

The Atlanta City Council on Monday approved the rezoning of the historic Clermont Hotel property at 789 Ponce de Leon Avenue near the intersection of Freedom Parkway. Clermont Hotel Partners, a partnership between developers Philip Welker and Ethan Orley, plan to open a boutique hotel in the landmark building. The property was rezoned from community business to mixed residential commercial, along with parcels at 672 and 676 Bonaventure Ave. behind the Clermont.
Built in the 1920s as apartments, the building was converted into a hotel in the 1940s. The new owners said at the time of purchase that the iconic Clermont Lounge in the building’s basement would stay, but its future is uncertain. Clermont Lounge, which has been open since 1968, is best known for its stripper, Blondie, who crushes beer cans between her breasts and recites poetry.
In addition, the Atlanta City Council on Monday approved:
· A substitute resolution authorizing the mayor to accept a grant in the amount of one hundred ninety-two thousand five hundred dollars over a three-year period commencing in 2013 for the purpose of supporting the Coca-Cola Troops for fitness programming funded by the National Recreation and Parks Association and the Coca-Cola Foundation.
· An amended ordinance authorizing the City of Atlanta to negotiate for and to purchase approximately 0.904 acre of property located at 0 North Ivory Road from Livable Buckhead, Inc. for the purpose of creating a new park in Council District 7 in an amount not to exceed $98,000.