The former Tricks barbecue site on Bull Street north of Victory Drive. Eric Curl/January 2024

Property Matters: New owner of former Tricks BBQ site is a familiar name in Savannah and Starland District

Owner Jeff Notrica currently proposing Victory Drive storage complex plan

The new owner of the former Tricks barbecue site on Bull Street just north of Victory Drive says he will likely lease the space out to someone looking to start a new restaurant there.

Local property developer Jeff Notrica said last week that Tricks was already gone before he closed on the property.

“I would have loved to have kept them as a tenant,” Notrica said. “They’ve been there forever. They’re kind of a landmark.”

Tricks relocated to 1902 West Bay St. last month and Notrica recently purchased the property at 2601 Bull Street through an estate sale for $875,0000, according to sales records.

The property is next to a former gas station Notrica also owns that is next to the 520 Wings restaurant on Victory. It is also located behind the building at 2602 Whitaker St. where another Savannah “landmark” could be opening in a building Notrica also owns.

Construction of the new Jinx music venue and bar is expected to be finished in the fall, possibly in time to host its popular Halloween show, Notrica said.

“That’s a very real possibility,” he said.

The Savannah City Council approved a special-use permit for the establishment in June last year, as previously reported by Savannah Agenda.

Meanwhile, Notrica’s proposal to rezone 2180 East Victory Drive so that a storage complex can be built there is set to go before the Savannah City Council on Thursday.

The pending vote comes after the Metropolitan Planning Commission voted last month to recommend approval for a zoning change that would permit the requested zoning and use.

Notrica, who is a member of the MPC recused himself prior to the vote.

Located between the Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah’s administrative building and an apartment complex, the 1.77-acre site includes a vacant 86-year-old residential structure and three similar accessory buildings. MPC staff recommended approval of the proposed use, which they say is among the lowest traffic generators that would be allowed within the requested zoning district.

The proposed demolition and storage warehouse has garnered opposition from preservationists and residents, including Lynn Adams, of the Victory Heights Neighborhood Association, as reported by Connect Savannah.

Notrica said that the city’s traffic engineers were opposed to a previous plan to construct a 79-unit multifamily complex on the site, which would have allowed for the preservation of the building on the site.

Another of Notrica’s downtown properties appears to be moving forward. Plans were recently submitted to renovate a shuttered downtown fire station at 6 West Henry St. that Notrica purchased from the city in 2019. Notrica says the tenants are on track to open up a produce market at the site in the fall, as previously reported by Savannah Agenda.

     

Eric Curl

Connect Savannah Freelance Correspondent I Eric Curl is probably reading building permits, sales records and meeting agendas. He writes Property Matters to share what he finds. You can find the column, along with other stories, cartoons and quizzes about local matters at Savannahagenda.com.
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