DeKalb commissioners approve funding for Old General Motors Plant redevelopment
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The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Jan. 24 to approve a plan to assist in the redevelopment of the former General Motors plant in Doraville.

Under the terms of an intergovernmental agreement with the city of Doraville, DeKalb County would allocate up to $180 million in infrastructure improvements including roads and utilities. The funding would come from the anticipated tax revenue in a tax allocation district (TAD), which encompasses the former automobile production facility, which closed in 2008.

“I want to express the full and complete support by the administration for the acceptance of this intergovernmental agreement between Doraville and the county,” said DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond. “We believe that the Assembly project is one that will have a tremendously positive impact, not just in DeKalb County, but throughout the metro Atlanta region.”

Projects to be funded by DeKalb County’s TAD funding include a covered street to the Doraville MARTA station, $58.3 million; streets and utilities, $33 million; 1,500 public parking spaces, $30 million; grading and water detention, $17 million; campus square, $15.3 million; concrete demolition and foundation removal, $6.9 million; West Avenue, $5.1 million; engineering and design fees, $4.4 million; remediation, $4 million; previously completed work, $2.9 million; park furnishings and amenities, $2 million; and fees, $1.5 million.

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