Proposed Bath House at Former Rhodes Bakery Property

25 Apr 2023 8:57 AM | Anonymous

Thank you for rallying to oppose the special permit requested by the proposed Bath Haus business. PHCA President Bill Compton made the news, advocating on behalf of our community! View the clip

To our knowledge, neighbors and nearby business owners wrote nearly 200 emails to the City's SAP Committee to deny the SAP-23-12 application to establish Bath Haus at 1783 Cheshire Bridge Road, plus over 1,800 signatures on the online petition. The proposed uses fail to meet several requirements of the Neighborhood Commercial District zoning regulations, including but not limited to 1) adult business uses are not allowed, and 2) failure to meet the parking requirements.

Listen to MLPA President, Don Campbell, on WABE’s All Things Considered.

In addition to emailing the City of Atlanta via the process described below, PHCA was just made aware of a petition to support the opposition of the proposed Bath Haus plan at the former Rhodes Bakery property.

View the Petition

The petition states: The proposed use fails to meet several requirements of the NC-5 zoning classification including but not limited to:

  • not being complimentary to the adjacent residential neighborhood, 
  • adult business uses are not allowed, and 
  • failing to meet the parking requirement.

There are 15 Neighborhood Commercial Districts in Atlanta. If the proposed business is permitted to open in NC-5, then a precedent will be set that this applicant or another applicant with similar intentions will attempt to open bathhouses or other adult businesses in Inman Park, Kirkwood, Virginia Highlands, East Atlanta Village, Little Five Points, or any of the other Neighborhood Commercial Districts, as they are all subject to these same regulations.

The former Rhodes Bakery property is located in Morningside-Lenox Park but is VERY close to us in Piedmont Heights. Thank you to MLPA for sharing this information with the community so that we can now share it with our Piedmont Heights Community!

Dear Neighbors,

The former Rhodes Bakery property – at the intersection of Windemere and Cheshire Bridge – was purchased by the owner of Tokyo Valentino, with plans to renovate the building as a spa/massage center to be named Bath Haus.

This application has been assigned to a Special Administrative Permit (SAP) Hearing at City Hall this Wednesday, April 26.

The application, SAP-23-12, is for renovations to an existing nonresidential structure for property located at 1783 Cheshire Bridge Road NE. The property is zoned NC-5 (Cheshire Bridge Road South Neighborhood Commercial District). Applications in a Neighborhood Commercial (NC) zoning classification require that an SAP shall be submitted, as applicable, and approved by the Office of Zoning and Development prior to filing for a building permit. Please find the design plans for Bath Haus here.

The purpose for the SAP public hearing is to provide an opportunity for the public to voice their comments on the proposed scope, in the early stages of the overall review process. The SAP public hearing's purpose is NOT to deliver the final decision on the merits of applications. There will be opportunity for meaningful discussion within the allotted time period for each application. Click here for more information about the SAP process.

We strongly encourage the neighborhood to let your voices be heard by emailing by 10:00am this Wednesday, April 26. Be sure to include the SAP-23-12 identification number in your correspondence and please cc the following people:

  • PHCA Board –
  • Michael Parkerson –
  • Phyllis Wingo –

Additionally, complaints about trash and prostitution in the area can be emailed to APD Code Enforcement at, and complaints about illegal parking can be emailed to

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