• Old DeKalb GM property proposed for redevelopment

    By: Erica Byfield


    DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Channel 2 Action News has confirmed at least two developers want to redevelop the old General Motors plant in DeKalb County.

    DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis and Doraville's Mayor Donna Pittman organized a gathering of stakeholders and a GM representative Wednesday.

    The stakeholders included congressional and county representatives, Georgia Power, MARTA and Jay Williams, the executive director of the federal Office of Recovery for Auto Communities.

    "The stakeholders clearly have a vested interest, but we will help navigate the federal bureaucracy. We will help identify appropriate resources," Williams said.

    A common theme throughout the meeting was a desire to see the 165-acre lot turned into site were people can live, work and play.

    "We want to see a sustainable community. We want to see this site cleaned up. We wanted to see added value left behind in the community," Ellis said.

    "We would like to see something that is good for the community that will bring jobs to the community. Vitality gives our community a sense of being," Pittman said.

    GM shut down the plant down in 2008. The list price for the site is $60 million.

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