Doraville GM Plant Talks Continue

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Doraville GM Plant Talks Continue

Talking is a good thing. It can lead to results. Representatives from Dekalb County and General Motors had more meetings as the Doraville GM Plant waits for a buyer and an economy worthy of a development of this size! The AJC reported that these talks happened this week, but there are no proposals on the table.

I've written about this huge development potential numerous you can see from the's a pretty big piece of land located smack dab in the middle of the Atlanta area!

Doraville GM Plant Map

The black outline (forgive my unsteady hand!) indicates the location of the land...some 165 acres! You can see it's located right along I-285 where thousands and thousands of cars pass daily....perfect from some low-rise office type buildings along the freeway to buffer the noise from a retail and residential component that could be set further back on the site.

It is all about location, location, location, right? The red arrow indicates the location of the not so famous Spaghetti Junction, the intersections of I-285 and I-85, making highway access incredible for this site. The blue arrow indicates the location of Dekalb-Peachtree Airport, the second busiest airport in Georgia after Hartsfield Jackson International!  That's how many private jets and planes take off from that airport each day!

Add to that the fact that the North Line of the MARTA rail system ends next to the site, and you have the making for an incredible live, work, play community, or certainly a green one where its residents would have direct access to mass transportation.

I can remember driving by the old Atlantic Steel Mill sit just to the Northwest of Midtown Atlanta, and thinking, wow what a piece of land...and look what it became...

Atlantic Station Midtown Atlanta GA

(Mind you, all those cranes are gone and those buildings are finished....I need a new picture!)

I'm hopeful I'll see something cool and hip built on the GM site. Many people are NOT happy with what Atlantic Station is and how it turned out, so let's hope some developer takes note.


Comments (9)

Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I'm hopeful about this development too.  I know some of those CEO types will want a lake house less than two hours away for long relaxing weekends.  Keep us posted.

Dec 11, 2010 04:22 AM
Thom Abbott |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living - Atlanta, GA
Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale

Tammy: And I know just the Lake Sinclair-Central GA real estate person I'll be sending them to!

Dec 11, 2010 04:30 AM
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Thom, That would be such a shot in the arm for your economy, I hope that they work something out quickly!

Dec 11, 2010 04:35 AM
June Tassillo
Owner/Broker RE/MAX Elite Realty - Franklin, NC
Let me help you with the next phase of your life!

Thom ~ Thanks for blogging this because now I have a better picture of what you were telling me at Rain Camp.  Of course I shook my head as if I knew...Ha.  Now I have pictures to see exactly where you were talking about.  That is certainly a huge piece of land when you talking slap dab in the middle of Downtown Atlanta. 

Dec 11, 2010 11:15 AM
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

It certainly is a large piece of property and has excellent access to transportation and infrastructure.  I could think of a few really cool, and REALLY expensive ideas.  But until the price comes down to reality, it is going to sit. 

Dec 11, 2010 12:56 PM
Bob & Leilani Souza
Souza Realty 916.408.5500 - Roseville, CA
Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments

Thom, it would be exciting for your local area to have this new GM Plant...and a great source of business for you! :)


Dec 11, 2010 08:41 PM
Thom Abbott |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living - Atlanta, GA
Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale

Tony: It would be great for Atlanta, and certainly for the city of Doraville where the property is located. But it's going to be some time before they can come up with a way to pay for it all.

June: It's actually about 8 miles from Downtown Atlanta, but it's in the center of the metro area, and so close to great transportation. We will just have to wait.

Lane: Ray is convinced it would make an aweseome movie studio location..and I agree if they could do something on the order of a theme park as well...but then I question if they have ENOUGH space for that.

Leilani: There IS a plant there. It was closed in 2008 and now trying to redevelop the area.

Dec 12, 2010 01:39 AM
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

A theme park could go in... Deck the parking and maximize the space.  Of course, it would be a tough sell with Six Flags already here...  Now the movie studio idea, that has some legs.

Dec 13, 2010 01:26 PM
John Whittinghill
Keller Williams Realty First Atlanta - Marietta, GA
Marietta, GA Real Estate Agent

Wow, I have a listing right there in the Peachtree Malone Lofts that has taken a beating on price!  It could use all the help it can get! 

Sounds like the timing won't help my seller, but great to know for the next potential buyer.  Thanks Tom, nice meeting you at RainCamp!

Dec 18, 2010 05:18 AM