article placeholder

Vacant commercial property becomes quirky, cozy home

Libby Quanttrocchi

Located near the corner of Boulevard and Memorial Drive, a small blue building with a beveled glass front window and “The Livery” painted over the front door is a splash of gentrification in a stretch of road most have given up on.

Right at the cusp of Cabbagetown, a stones throw from Oakland Cemetery and just a hop, skip and jump from the local Mexican food favorite Mi Barrio, The Livery — now the home of Libby Quattrocchi — was once a broken, vacant building covered in ugly graffiti.

The front door wouldn’t open. The back yard was waist-high in weeds that hid many strange objects that Quattrochi, who is gay, discovered when excavating.