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‘Downtown DeKalb’ area to be proposed by county CEO May

Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May plans to unveil a proposal Thursday to build a new government center at the heart of a revitalized Memorial Drive, which stretches from Stone Mountain to Atlanta.

May envisions creating a “Downtown DeKalb” area anchored by government buildings and surrounded by commercial and residential development.

He’ll make the announcement in his State of the County address Thursday. Details of the idea weren’t available Wednesday.

The county’s central government offices have been located in downtown Decatur for decades, but the buildings are old and filled to capacity. In the main government building, an elevator has been broken for more than two months while a replacement part is being custom made.

It’s unclear where on Memorial Drive the development would be built. The county currently operates a jail, elections office and tax office near the intersection with I-285. The Kensington MARTA station is also nearby.

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May will speak Thursday at a business luncheon hosted by the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce and the Council of Quality Growth. He’ll deliver the public State of the County address at 7 p.m. in the Maloof Auditorium in downtown Decatur.

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Mark Niesse covers elections, the Georgia General Assembly and state government.

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