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Doraville’s Old GM Plant Gateway To New Economic Growth

Sep 1, 2015

Doraville City Hall in DeKalb County is the seat of government in the town north of Atlanta. Officials hope the redevelopment of the old GM assembly plant will help create an economic driver in the area.
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Doraville City Councilman Robert Patrick believes the redevelopment of the old GM assembly plant will help spark an economic resurgence for the city north of Atlanta.
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In the late 1940s, the tiny agricultural enclave of Doraville, north of Atlanta in DeKalb County, had just under 500 residents. But, during the 1950s, the city experienced a population explosion as General Motors moved in and built a new assembly plant. Now the city has some 11,000 residents.

Doraville city officials, like District One Councilman Robert Patrick, are betting the old GM assembly plant will once again spark an economic growth as redevelopment plans move forward at the plant site.

Patrick joined Rose Scott and Jim Burress on “Closer Look” to discuss the old assembly plant redevelopment plans, what it means for the city, the economic impact and more.