The Dunwoody Planning Commission approved Aug. 9 a special land use permit to allow for more parking spaces at the site of the former Hickory House restaurant where a new SunTrust bank is being planned to be built.

The former Old Hickory House restaurant at 5490 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road in Dunwoody, which SunTrust wants to turn into a new branch. (Photo John Ruch)

The .74-acre site at 5490 Chamblee Dunwoody road is located in Dunwoody Village and currently only allows for 11 parking spaces as part of the Dunwoody Village Overlay District. Developers for the bank say they need 22 to meet employee and customer needs.

SunTrust is relocating its bank branch from 1710 Mount Vernon Road to the Chamblee Dunwoody property, said attorney Dennis Webb.

The developers for the bank plan to demolish the Hickory House building and site and construct a new 3,543 square foot bank building with a new parking lot behind the building. They will also install bicycle parking, add new greenspace, landscaping, streetscape amenities and better lighting.

The Hickory House is a single story building totaling 4,200 square feet. It was built in 1980 but has been vacant since the restaurant closed in August 2014.

As part of the redevelopment, 0.27 acres of paved lot will be converted into an open greenspace and the magnolia trees along the front of the property will remain.

Dyana Bagby

Dyana Bagby is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta Intown.