Plans for a new bowling alley in Buckhead aren’t sitting well with members of the Miami Circle Merchants Association.

The Merchants Association has appealed a special application permit for the Painted Pin. The Painted Pin will be a “boutique bowling” establishment planned for 727 Miami Circle, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The association says the establishment has too few parking spaces. The Merchants Association said the Painted Pin’s special application permit should be for a restaurant, which requires one parking space to every 100 square feet of space. The Painted Pin SAP is for a “family entertainment complex” which requires one parking space for every 600 square feet of space, the Merchants Association says.

“Their plans shows only 39 dedicated parking spaces but they told us that their business plan is to serve 400-600 people per night,” the Merchants Association says on a website created specifically to outline arguments against the Painted Pin SAP. “The Miami Circle Market Center is a design related street with art galleries, antique dealers and interior design showrooms. Most if not all of the shop owners have regular night time events. We believe bringing upwards of 400 additional cars on a daily basis to the Circle, will destroy the District, which the Merchants Association has spent millions of dollars in branding and marketing.

Justin Amick, Principal & Founder of The Painted Pin, said he looks forward to correcting what he says are errors and misconceptions about the project when the Atlanta Board of Zoning Adjustments hears the appeal at its Thursday meeting.

“We are lifelong Atlantans and current residents of the Buckhead community,” Amick said. “Miami Circle is a landmark destination and we greatly value it’s importance in Atlanta; hence the reason we chose this special location for our bowling alley project, The Painted Pin. We are 100 percent within code and have successfully completed all permitting within the city of Atlanta. We are excited to break ground in the immediate future and are looking forward to becoming great neighbors to all the surrounding businesses.”

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