• New distribution center to bring 700 jobs to metro Atlanta

    By: Dave Huddleston


    FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - If everything runs smoothly, a 1 million-square-foot distribution center will be built on the same property as Fulton County Airport-Brown Field, just off Fulton County Industrial Boulevard in south Fulton County.

    It would employ more than 700 people.

    Wednesday, Fulton County commissioners debated whether to allow it. The company, reported to be supermarket chain Kroger, is discussing a distribution center and maintenance facility, as well as a freezer operations center.

    Chairman John Eaves said in addition to bringing more than 700 new and existing jobs, the county would receive rent money from the tenant for building on county property.

    "It also expands our tax base, so it's a win-win for Fulton County and our residents," he said.

    Some lawmakers have concerns.

    Commissioner Emma Darnell wants to make sure an environmental impact study will be done, and she wants to know: If the building is built on airport property, will the rent money go into the county's general fund or have to stay connected to the airport?

    "It's yet to be decided what funds, if any, will go into the general fund. The main thing to me is funds are funds," Eeaves said.

    Fulton County commissioners will meet in two weeks to further discuss the proposal.

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