News Briefs: Modern Memorial makeover; Variety Playhouse revamp; Cameli’s Pizza concerns

A rendering of the new Harp building.
A rendering of the renovated Harp building.

Plans to restore the Harp Transmission Service building next to Oakland Cemetery on Memorial Drive have taken on a decidedly modern twist. According to Curbed Atlanta, the 40-year-old building will be clad in a modern, glass-type structure (see the rendering at left created by Square Feet Studio) and be transformed into a mixed-use space with a restaurant, retail, professional, cultural, and entertainment area. Since the project is located so close to the King Center MARTA Station, there will be no on-site parking.

Variety Playhouse in Little Five Points is on track to reopen after a $1.3 million summer renovation. According to the AJC, the 1,000-capacity venue will reopen Sept. 28 with a concert by ambient music producer Tyco. New seats, a raised floor, new bathrooms and bigger bar areas are some of the changes patrons will see.

Cameli’s Pizza is concerned that the redevelopment of the “BeltLine Kroger” (or “Murder Kroger,” as it’s more commonly known) is going to damage its business. What Now Atlanta spotted owner George Cameli’s post on Facebook asking customers to continue to support the 20-year-old  pizzeria when demolition of the Kroger begins soon. The current supermarket will be replaced by 725 Ponce, a mixed-use office building along the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail that will feature a smaller Kroger on the ground floor. Construction could take up to to two years, Cameli said, and he’s worried that the closure of the shopping center’s main anchor will have negative effects on the restaurant.

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