Planner named for Doraville GM plant redevelopment

The new owners of the former General Motors plant in Doraville on Wednesday named a master planner for the redevelopment project.

The Integral Group, which last month closed on the purchase of the plant near the Perimeter and I-85 in northern DeKalb County, hired Perkins Eastman to design the “look and feel” of the project.

The Integral team has said they plan to create and urban node that’s walkable and connected to transit. The project is likely to have a mix of offices, residences, retail, hotels and green space.

Perkins Eastman’s design experience includes Battery Park City in New York and Target Field station, a mixed-use transit hub near the Minnesota Twins’ home in Minneapolis.

The GM plant closed in 2008. It wiped out about a third of Doraville’s employment base, but city officials hope the project will create a new downtown.

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