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Residents fear traffic troubles with redevelopment of former GM plant

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(Source: WGCL) (Source: WGCL)

For the first time this week, community leaders provided a birds eye view of the proposed mixed use development at the site of the former GM plant in Doraville.

“It means jobs, it means restaurants, it means great things that our citizens have waited and waited for to actually happen,” Doraville Mayor Donna Pittman said.

Leaders hope to develop the 165-acre site into a live, work and play community called the Assembly. Their plan is to create a Community Improvement District, or CID, where businesses would tax themselves and essentially create their own city.

“We’re just really re-purposing the site to the jobs of today,” Property owner Egbert Perry said.

Perry said the public-private project would create thousands of new jobs. 

“We’re estimating anywhere from 6-8,000 jobs and close to 15-20,000 people that will be some way or another affiliated with the site,” Perry said.

However, some people living in the area focused on the fact that the development would also create a traffic nightmare on I-285 and I-85 near spaghetti junction.

“Well, obviously it’s nice for the new people that are moving in there and they’ll have lots to do and enjoy, but for us that have been here it just adds to the chaos and frustration,” resident Anna Gatlin said.

“It’s just too much, it’s already congested enough,” resident Ellis Livsey said.

Community leaders insist they have a plan to alleviate congestion by cutting new road and utilizing MARTA that is adjacent to the property.

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