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Adams Optics Moves, W. Washington Building Sold

Adams Optics’ new space. Credit: Sarah Rucker.

Downtown fixture Adams Optics has left the Clayton Street storefront it’s occupied for three decades and moved around the corner to 163 Jackson St.

Owner Jim Adams told Flagpole he moved to the cheaper space (formerly home to Rocket Salon, now in Normaltown) in order to keep selling glasses for $99—a price he hasn’t raised in 31 years.

In other downtown business news, Atlanta developer Batson-Cook has sold its portion of the West Washington Building to a company called West Washington Building LLC for $7.7 million. The company more than doubled its money. It contributed $3.5 million to the deck’s construction costs.

Batson-Cook built the entire $16.4 million building in 2011 and owned the commercial space. In a public-private partnership, Athens-Clarke County paid for and continues to own the 540 parking spaces in the building’s deck.

The building’s commercial space is 90 percent leased. Tenants included Waffle House, Momma Goldberg’s Deli, Brixx Pizza, Fuzzy’s Taco Shopp, Jackson-Spalding, IMG Worldwide and Northwestern Mutual.