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GM Doraville Redevelopment

While this is not in Tucker, it is part of the “30084 & more” that could have a positive effect on all of north-eastern Dekalb County. On a personal note, I have strong ties to the GM Doraville facility. It was the opening of the plant in 1947 that brought my grandfather, a GM employee in New Jersey to Atlanta with his family including his then 16 year old son, my father. My mother retired from the Doraville Assembly plant with 30 years of service as did my uncle and I too worked there for a brief time in the early 80s.

Over time the Doraville plant has produced Buick, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, and Saturn automobiles. This 165 acre complex has been a part of the local landscape for 60 years. Four companies — News Broad Street Cos. of Orlando, Jacoby Development of Atlanta, the Sembler Co. of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Hines of Houston — are vying for the opportunity to remake the Doraville site, a former dairy farm and residential area.

According to the project website, a decision regarding the developer was to have been announced on November 21, 2008. GM said it will pick a developer before the end of the year.

A Doraville city planner who will work with the redeveloper has been hired and the city’s attorney was also the city attorney in Hapeville, home of the former Ford Motor plant that closed in 2006 and is being now being redeveloped.

The Doraville Plant redevelopment would be the largest brownfield project to date in metro Atlanta, turning an industrial site into a mixed-use destination. Atlantic Station in Midtown is 138 acres and the former Ford plant in Hapeville is 122 acres.

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