Developer to unveil plans for project around Manuel’s Tavern

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President Barack Obama waves to the crowd as he leaves Manuel’s Tavern on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Updated: A press conference has been called at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the redevelopment. We’ll have more at AJC.com and myAJC.com later today.
Earlier: The developer who wants to transform the land around Atlanta’s storied Manuel’s Tavern – and rejuvenate the watering hole – will soon bring forward its plans for the property along North Highland Avenue.

A representative for developer Green Street Properties said the team could unveil their vision as soon as this week. Manuel’s plans to close Dec. 27 for an overhaul of the restaurant building and interior systems before reopening in the spring.

Developer Green Street Properties, which is buying the tavern’s land and building (but not the restaurant), has said it plans to refurbish the building and build a mixed-use project on the adjacent parking lots.

Manuel’s would then reopen as a tenant in its renewed building.

Manuel’s, opened in 1956, has long been favored watering hole not only for nearby residents, but for cops, journalists and state and local politicians — especially Democrats. President Barack Obama dropped by during a stop in Atlanta last March.

The project will cover about 1.6 acres on both sides of North Highland Avenue, developers have previously said. The development team said earlier this year it will build parking to accommodate the planned street front retail, eateries, residences and office space. The developers at the time said they planned to soon meet with neighborhood leaders before coming up with firm plans and seeking various city approvals.

Earlier this month, a group of Manuel’s regulars started a GoFundMe page to raise money for the staff of the tavern who will be displaced when it closes for renovations.

You can check out the GoFundMe page here.

Angelo Fuster, a representative for Manuel’s owner Brian Maloof, earlier this month called the fund-raising effort “a wonderful initiative by loyal Manuel’s customers, and I am sure much appreciated by everyone.”

Manuel’s has about 60 employees.

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Ned Ludd
Ned Ludd

Certainly the cost of providing for the employees was negotiated into the selling price for the land! Brian?