Doraville's City Council voted unanimously Monday to reject conceptual plans for a new football stadium for the Atlanta Falcons at the site of General Motors Co.'s vacated Doraville assembly plant.
The move follows a plan put forward by DeKalb County officials that would put a new stadium at the 165-acre site. City officials said a stadium at the site would not be in the city's best interest.
"We just have a different vision in this particular instance of what the best vision is for Doraville and our neighboring communities," the council said in a statement. "We have no doubts that both governments in partnership with the private sector will work together for a development that everyone can get excited about."
Over the last five years, the city has planned for a mixed-use, transit-oriented development at the GM site. City officials hope to see a site anchored by industries such as life sciences or information technology. City leadership has also been actively lobbying for a charter middle/ high school that would focus on math, science and international studies.
"We need to spur this redevelopment, but we must do it in a way that is sustainable and consistent with our goals and planning," the council said. "If we do it right this site will not only be an economic blessing for Doraville and the metro region but a catalyst for the city's revitalization efforts. We are certain that our vision, rather than a stadium, will accomplish that."
GM said Oct. 14 it has received no formal written offer from any parties interested in developing the site. Atlanta Business Chronicle has reported New Broad Street and The Sembler Co. are interested in the site, with Sembler proposing a stadium for the Falcons.