Courtesy Marietta Street Artery Association
Courtesy Marietta Street Artery Association

An online petition has been launched to save the Engineer’s Bookstore building at the corner of Means and Marietta streets. After 23 years of servicing Georgia Tech, the historic building is being threatened with demolition to make way for a gas station.

The Marietta Street Artery Association posted the petition stating that 1930’s era building is a “significant and sentimental building in Georgia Tech student campus life.” The petition also states the building is a “contributing building” within the Means Street National Register Historic District. This is a federal designation administered through the National Park Service (also recognized by the State of Georgia’s Historic Preservation Division).

The organization wants to work with the owner to repurpose the building into something more useful and purposeful to the corridor rather than a gas station.

From the petition narrative: “This property is within the Marietta Street Artery neighborhood, an urban community of adaptively re-used former industrial buildings, and appropriately designed new structures, with a focus on developing for a pedestrian and bicycle scale. It is contrary to the Marietta Street Artery Association’s energy and investment over the past two plus decades to see the Engineer’s Bookstore building torn down for the development of a gas station. Losing this building would be a step backward for our community and another critical loss for our city.”

Those interested in preserving the building are also being encouraged to attend the NPU-E meeting on Aug. 2 at 6:30pm at Peachtree Christian Church, 1580 Peachtree St.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

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