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Visions For Vacancies: The Old GM Plant

A north Atlanta manufacturing icon is in the new again, as another developer looks at the site. So we ask: what should go here?


Sitting on the edge of Chamblee's northern border, the old General Motors plant is back in the news again.

The Atlanta Business Chronicle is reporting that developer Egbert Perry has seemingly emerged as a frontrunner to purchase and develop the 167-acre site. 

Into what, remains to be seen.

That's where you come in. Tell us what you think should go on the site of the old GM plant.

Garrison September 04, 2012 at 10:44 AM
Turn it into a huge cycling center. It could have the world's biggest indoor mountain bike park, pump tracks, skatepark, add a velodrome outside and a kids beginning skills track/area. Heck I bet you could even fit a short downhill run in one of the taller portions. Our area needs a high-profile recreation facility, either indoors or out. If you think this sounds stupid, read this: http://www.raysmtb.com/cle/index.php
Grieg Ericsson September 04, 2012 at 11:15 AM
How bout a giant plant that makes cars and puts tons of people to work?
Eddie E. September 04, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Entirely too much work (and common sense) would be required from local 'leaders' to pull off such a feat!
Grieg Ericsson September 04, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Agreed. Too obvious huh.
Jack of Kings September 17, 2012 at 03:45 PM
The old GM plant site has such great promise. But I believe that it should have that promise realized through the private sector alone. Putting county taxpayers at risk would not be a responsible decision. Whatever goes in there, I hope it does not look like Atlantic Station. Lower buildings and mixed use would diversify the traffic flow and times and would make it easier to attract tenants and/or homeowners. JMO
Zamboni the Magnificent September 17, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Well known real estate pundit Dick Williams sees the GM plant location as a new home for the Falcons. I prefer that idea over a new stadium with a retractable roof adjacent to the Dome. Frankly, a bio-research education related facility makes some sense. At $60MM the site will require a lot more help than just the private sector can muster, especially in this economy. And I do not wish to see a big DeKalb giveaway to Transit Oriented Development, as specialty of Egbert's firm.

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