The hits just keep coming for the Atlanta Eagle. Just in time to welcome the Atlanta Bear Fest this weekend, the property the bar sits on is being considered for rezoning.
The Ponce de Leon property and the parcel next door are cited in a rezoning request that’s up for consideration by the city’s Zoning Review Board on Thursday, according to the GA Voice. The property owner wants to rezone from C-2 (commercial service) district to MRC-2 (mixed residential commercial) as part of a quality of life initiative for the Ponce corridor.
What does it mean for the future of the long-standing bar? Not much, the local architect who filed the request on behalf of the property owner tells the newspaper.
He said there were no plans to close the Atlanta Eagle and there were no plans to redevelop the property at this time.
“This is not adversarial. There is no ulterior motive here,” Cain said [Wednesday]. “This is part of an intown quality of life initiative.”
Uh-huh. Because “quality of life initiatives” have never been code for closing gay bars in the city. Just ask the owners of Backstreet. Oh, wait. That was jettisoned to make way for a condo tower. Same for the Metro a few blocks away.
The Eagle, of course, is the site of the now-infamous raid last September by the Atlanta Police Department that resulted in eight arrests — later thrown out in court — a federal lawsuit, sanctions for officers who orchestrated it, and continuing headaches for both Mayor Kasim Reed and the police department.
If nothing else, the rezoning application will certainly be fodder for conversation among attendees of the Atlanta Bear Fest, which opens Friday.