Aging stretch of Memorial Drive in DeKalb targeted for revitalization

A five-mile stretch of Memorial Drive that is home to deteriorating motels, fast food restaurants and aging businesses could get new resources and amenities.

DeKalb County is in the process of evaluating the corridor and coming up with ideas to increase its economic viability.

Memorial Drive essentially divides DeKalb in half and was once the main thoroughfare between the cities of Atlanta and Stone Mountain. Previous studies have focused on another segment between the cities of Atlanta and Avondale Estates.

The county set aside $174,500 for the study, most of it coming from an account controlled by Commissioner Steve Bradshaw. His district 4 includes this portion of Memorial Drive.

“I look forward to broad participation in this process and receiving the insights and suggestions from various stakeholders,” Bradshaw said in a news release.

The study is scheduled to conclude in November.

The county has scheduled an open house on Tuesday, June 25, to solicit residents’ input about wants and needs along Memorial Drive. That meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., at the DeKalb County Watershed Management Office located at 4572 Memorial Drive in Decatur.

For more information about the revitalization study, visit