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Update from
Mayor Joseph Geierman

"The Single Biggest Investment in Doraville in Over 70 Years"

On Tuesday, Doraville's Downtown Development Authority approved the sale of Assembly Yards (the former GM Plant) to Gray Television. Gray is a large media company that owns television stations, production studios, E-gaming tournaments and more. They are excited to be able to build a "Studio City" in the heart of Doraville that will include apartments, town homes, corporate offices, retail space, restaurants and a hotel. This represents the largest single investment in Doraville in over 70 years, and is expected to get started this Summer. I am so excited that we have finally found the "Anchor Tenant" we've been looking for since GM shut down.
 

This week's approval is the result of a partnership that began developing in August, when I first met with Gray Television's CEO. Since then, there have been many discussions between Gray, our city manager and Andy Yeoman - Doraville City Council Member (on behalf of the DDA). I've been asked what makes this buyer different from others who've expressed interest in the site in the past - and the main difference is money. Other owners or potential owners have had visions for the site, but didn't have the money  to make them happen. Gray Television has a market cap of $2 billion and had a 2020 net income of over $300 million. They have not only a great vision, but the money to be able to bring it to life. 


Thanks to every Doraville City Council Member: Stephe Koontz, Chris Henshaw, Andy Yeoman, Maria Alexander, Rebekah Cohen Morris and Gerald Evans for the behind the scenes work they've done to prepare for this day and the business friendly atmosphere that would help attract an investor like Gray Television. I have said it before and will say it again, "Doraville is open for business!

Check Out Gray's Plans for Assembly Yards:

Check out what Gray Television is planning for Assembly Yards!

Doraville Council Purchases New Street Sweeper

I would like to thank the Doraville City Council for approving funds to purchase a new street sweeper for our public works department in February. It is now in operation along our city streets.

The previous one was close to 15 years old and a few weeks ago experienced a failure that would have required tens of thousands of dollars to fix. Rather than invest this in the old sweeper (which would likely be followed by other pricey repairs), council made the wise decision to purchase a new vehicle. They also stipulated that proceeds from the sale of the old street sweeper will be used to pay towards funding the new one.

This is an investment in the quality of life of our city. Take a look for the new truck when you are out and about!

Doraville Lumen Apartments Complete Phase 1 of Demo



The Doraville Lumen Apartments at Tilly Mill, which are transforming one of the gateways to our city, completed phase 1 of their demo process in March. The site should start coming online by 2023.

City Council Invests in Traffic Safety 


 

You may have noticed new stop signs and painted stop bars in your neighborhood.

Earlier this month the Doraville City Council instructed the city manager to replace every stop bar and every stop sign in the city.

Many of the stop signs were no longer reflective and some stop bars had long worn away (or had never existed). We hope this investment in our city will improve safety for pedestrians and drivers alike.

City of Doraville Holds Listening Session for Asian Businesses   


We were all shocked by the brutal murders of 8 people - 6 of whom were Asian - in Metro Atlanta this March. In response, the City of Doraville held a listening session attended by a number of our Asian business owners, as well as representatives from numerous law enforcement agencies, to hear their concerns about safety and discrimination.

Doraville Celebrates Turning 150!   


Doraville is celebrating its 150th Anniversary this year, and our "Sesquicentennial Committee" is working hard to plan a series of activities to commemorate the occasion!

The first one was a cook out in Brook Park that was held on Saturday, March 28th. This will be followed up by cookouts in other parks throughout the city over the course of the year.

Please follow the Sesquicentennial Committee's Facebook page to stay informed about what's going on. You can find them at
www.facebook.com/doraville150
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