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Special Called Council Meeting Tonight 

In my last newsletter, I wrote about Doraville's Downtown Development Authority, and how it has been neglected for many years.

Late last week, the city website was updated to show that our current mayor has scheduled a special called meeting for tonight (Monday, 9/9) to finally appoint people to the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) positions that have been expired since May.

While it's great that this is finally happening, I think the process is being handled with an unfortunate lack of transparency. The public has not been given official notice that positions on the DDA are available to apply for (in fact, I think I'm the only person who has publicly called attention to the fact that there are vacancies), and people who might have otherwise applied and been great for a position on the board will never get the opportunity to do so.

This is indicative of the current lack of public outreach by the city, and a process that I will change as your next mayor.

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Let's Finally Build Downtown Doraville!

One of Doraville’s greatest assets is the location of its downtown. It has its own MARTA stop, and is easily accessible from both Buford Highway and I-285. Not only that, but the city owns more than 10 acres of land in this area that is mainly a blank slate: filled with parking lots and partially or completely unused buildings.

This map above shows the area commonly considered “Downtown Doraville.” Areas highlighted in yellow show the land owned by the city You can see that most of it is parking lot. Even some of the buildings that are in this zone hold only a couple of people or are not used at all.

Because the city owns this valuable land next to a MARTA station, there should be fewer barriers to getting a project started if the city was willing to consider it. If we do it right, what gets built here should also be more accessible for current Doraville residents than anything that will be built over at the former GM plant. Finally, the success of our downtown will serve as a catalyst for other projects along Buford Highway. It could be the first step in filling up the empty buildings and shopping centers that have sat vacant for years. Given the low risk and high reward, the city should have gotten started on its downtown redevelopment a long time ago – we definitely can’t afford to wait another 4 or 8 years.

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