An Atlanta spokesperson declined comment about the new attempt.
The Fulton Industrial area is the last remaining unincorporated piece of Fulton County, and both Atlanta and the new city of South Fulton would like the area within their boundaries.
Fulton Industrial is about 7.5 square miles of mostly industrial space that has a workforce of more than 20,000 people and about 46 million square feet of industrial space according to Rep. Roger Bruce, who was a driving force behind South Fulton.
Gil Prado, executive director of the Fulton Industrial Community Improvement District, said the area has a payroll of more than $1 billion and brings in about $18 million to $19 million in property taxes to Fulton County.
A 1979 law says that the district cannot be annexed into any city. But with the formation of South Fulton, it is the only part of the county that is not in a city.
State legislators earlier this year agreed to let voters decide whether to dissolve the provision that kept the district unincorporated, putting Fulton Industrial in South Fulton if voters agreed countywide.
Then, Gov. Nathan Deal stepped in. He vetoed the measure, putting the district back in flux.
In a statement, Deal said there “has been continued debate” between South Fulton and Atlanta over whose borders the district should be in. As such, he said, “the cities and property owners involved … need to first come to an agreement to determine the future” of the area.
City of South Fulton and Fulton County leaders have said they have not had discussions about the area’s future, and were waiting for a new Atlanta mayor to take office next year before broaching the subject.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has been outspoken about his interest in the area. He has sent letters to some promoting Atlanta’s “open-door policy of welcoming property owners and residents who are interested in annexing into Atlanta city limits.”
Atlanta also plans to annex Emory University, and other nearby institutions in DeKalb County.