Doraville, GA, May 1, 2017 – by Trey Benton – Speaking to a crowd of more than 200 attendees composed of State and Local Officials, City Staff Political Candidates and Residents, Doraville Mayor Donna Pittman delivered her 2017 State of the City Address Friday, April 28th. This year’s ceremony was held at Doraville’s newly renovated Flowers Park, which was officially opened with a ribbon cutting during the State of the City event.
Following the presentation of the Country’s Colors by the Dunwoody High School ROTC while the Dunwoody High Choir sang the National Anthem, Mayor Pittman took the stage and delivered a message of promise and progress.
“It has been quite a year for Doraville,” said Pittman. “We are here today in a venue that is just a sample of what is to come. This project is the $1.7 million revitalization of Flowers Park. This is the first step of many and we are so very excited. Doraville’s new downtown started as a vision in our LCI study and is now becoming a reality.”
Mayor Pittman went through a list of accomplishments the City Staff achieved during 2016, citing efforts by the Police Department, Economic Development, Parks, City Administrators and her fellow Councilmembers that made 2017 a very productive year. Noting that City Manager Shawn Gillen, who she said played a key role in many of the successes the City has enjoyed since his arrival four years ago, would be leaving Doraville to assume the role of City Manager in Tybee Island, GA.
“I cannot say enough about what you have done for our City, because many of the things that have happened are through a great partnership with you,” Pittman said while recognizing Gillen. “I just wanted to say Thank You and I appreciate you and are certainly going to miss you.” Jokingly Pittman said to Gillen, “I can’t imagine why you’re leaving us to go to the beach.”
Pittman underscored some of the Economic Development projects happening in the City that include:
- The Carver Hills development underway that will bring almost 250 new single family homes and townhomes to Doraville
- Construction on New Peachtree Road set to begin this year, a project that is the next step in Doraville’s downtown redevelopment and will enhance the pedestrian and bicycle access to MARTA and begin the process of rebuilding the City’s downtown area
- A brand-new elementary school will be constructed in the Doraville area
The largest project in the City of Doraville that is underway is the redevelopment of the 165 acre General Motors Assembly plant – a project called “Assembly.”
“We are here tonight only a few feet from the MARTA station, and just across the tracks is the Assembly site,” Pittman told the crowd. “The development of this site has been a hard-fought battle. From the initial purchase of the property by Integral, to getting the zoning in place, to getting the financing done, this project is and has been exciting and challenging.”
Pittman said there is a big announcement coming in the next few weeks about what is coming to Assembly. “This site will be a showpiece for the region,” she added.
Closing out her remarks, Mayor Pittman said, “A wise person once told me that we don’t remember the years, we remember the moments. We remember the instances in life that set us on one path or another. Here we are in one of those moments, an instance in life that we will all remember as the point Doraville became an even greater place to live work and play. This is Doraville’s time to shine. This is Doraville’s moment.”
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