City officials say applicant wants to demolish unoccupied Tennessee Street building

Long vacant restaurant property may become office space


A variance application set to go before the City of Cartersville Board of Zoning Appeals next month could pave the way for the demolition of a longstanding — and long unoccupied — Bartow building.

According to City documents, local veterinarian Dr. Richard L. Moore has filed a variance request to reduce the buffer and setback requirements for a property sitting on 1.32 acres at 1120 North Tennessee St. 

Bartow County Board of Assessors (BCBOA) documents state the approximately 8,000-square-foot building on the property was first constructed in 1954. Over the decades, the property has housed numerous bars and restaurants, the last of which was La Cubana Marisqueria. 

According to BCBOA records, J Moore Ventures, LLC received a quitclaim deed for the property on June 27, 2017. 

“From our brief discussions with the applicant, the building is getting into disrepair — it’s had some issues with code enforcement and so forth — and he would like to scrape it off the ground and rebuild a brand new building there,” said City of Cartersville Planning and Development Director Randy Mannino. 

City of Cartersville Senior Code Enforcement Officer Donna L. Fritz declared the property — which has sat vacant for the better part of a decade — “unfit for human habitation or commercial, industrial or other use” on Dec. 13, 2018.

The property is currently zoned O-C for office-commercial use. According to City documents, Moore intends on constructing new office space on the property.

“The problem is, when it was originally built, it was a very narrow property, so to build it back doesn’t meet the current setback buffer requirements,” Mannino said. “From my understanding, he’s looking to put an office building in there,  with two office suites.”

The proposed development would not require rezoning. “Once this variance is done, from our understanding,” Mannino said, “they’re looking to do it immediately.” 

The variance request will be heard at a City board of zoning appeals meeting on March 18. The public hearing is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. at Cartersville City Hall, located at 10 North Public Square.