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Update from Joseph Geierman

Representing YOU on Doraville City Council

Welcoming Spring to Doraville! 

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Doraville on the Front Page of the AJC!

The AJC ran a very complimentary front page (!!) article on all the exciting things happening at Assembly - the development rising on the grounds of Doraville's former GM Plant. The story highlighted both the new Serta Simmons Bedding Headquarters, as well as the autonomous shuttle that will take people from Assembly to the Doraville MARTA station.

The article also mentions that the next phase of the project will include over 300 residential units, as well as 125,000 square feet of food and entertainment retail space! Even after these projects are completed, there will still be a lot of room for the site to grow!

Read the full article from the AJC here.

Photos from Serta's New Doraville Headquarters


In my day-job, I get to work with architects, general contractors and other building professionals from all over the country. I love what I do - and the people I get to meet.

In late-March, I was able to use one of these connections to get a tour of the new Serta's new Doraville headquarters. The company is moving into the complex over the next month, so there was a final push of activity to get everything ready.

I think this is very exciting - the first of many exciting new things coming to our city. If you'd like to check out the photos I took, you can see them here.

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Evaluating Possible Zoning Protections for Northwoods


I’m excited about the development prospects that are coming to Doraville – but also concerned about what they could mean for my neighborhood and its character. I do not want Northwoods (or Doraville, for that matter) to lose the traits that make it special. In particular, I worry about re-development that could lead to many of our historic homes being torn down and replaced by McMansions that don’t really fit the neighborhood’s character.
Planning Commissioner Andy Yeoman would like to set up a committee of Northwoods residents to look at zoning protections for the neighborhood, but needs council approval to authorize the work of some city staff. This issue will come up at the April 8th work session, and I've written about it here.  
You can tell me your thoughts about this project by replying to this email. You can email the mayor and other council members by clicking on their names: Donna Pittman, Pam Fleming, Shannon Hillard, Stephe Koontz, MD Naser, Robert Patrick.

For the past few months, a team of Doraville residents has been working on holding an event in our city for LGBTQ Pride month. That group has settled on a movie screening (tentatively "Love, Simon") in Downtown Doraville on the weekend of June 8th.

The group has also settled on the logo above (created by Sarah Marks) to use for this and future Pride events. The waving hand is a welcoming symbol, and the pink triangle is a symbol of LGBTQ Pride. We hope to see you at the movie night, and welcome you to get involved by joining our Facebook group., which is open to all (regardless of orientation) who are interested in being members.  

Doraville History: Building Northwoods

In 2014, Northwoods was added to the National Register of Historic Places as a "good intact example of a mid-20th-century subdivision that was developed as part of an explosion of growth in suburban DeKalb County in the years following World War II." This was only possible after a team of historic preservation students from Georgia State University came through the neighborhood and did copious amounts of research and many interviews with residents. 

In the process of putting together materials for the nomination, one of the students discovered several aerial photos of Northwoods from 1954. I was able to get copies of these, which I stitched together into the image you see above. I think it's really interesting to see this shot of our city as it was being built, and to reflect on how much can change in 65 years!
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