Heck House, Scottdale arts center, closed due to breach of code

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The organization, which has non-profit status, began hosting events there in November 2019, but the pace picked up in the spring and summer of 2021, when the facility offered several events every week.

Heck House has hosted numerous concerts, gallery exhibitions, a wedding, a religious retreat, stand-up comedy, a children’s puppet show and a burlesque revue.

ExploreHeck House offered lots of funky music and art

Located in Scottdale, between an auto salvage shop and a tattoo parlour, the property is on Ponce De Leon, on the edge of a residential area and surrounded by commercial developments.

An email from DeKalb County Zoning Administrator Rachel L. Bragg appeared to indicate that the area was properly zoned for special events, gallery openings, theater and musical performances, but only after passing inspections and obtained the appropriate licenses.

These inspections have not yet taken place.

The venue cannot host “events until the application process is complete and approved by DeKalb County,” wrote Timothy C. Hardy of DeKalb County Code Compliance, according to emails provided by Novelle. .

Heck House must also meet off-street parking requirements, which can be difficult.

The application process will not be quick. “I think it may take a few months or more,” Novelle wrote, “and why I’m not rescheduling any events.”

She added: “We’ve spoken to P&S (planning and sustainability) but they haven’t started processing the request yet. (We emailed yesterday asking for an update and were told there was a backlog.)”

Among the July events that have been postponed are a storytelling open mic, several rock concerts and a “Doodles ‘n Tunes” event that invites guests to make art while musicians perform.

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