The city of Doraville approved an open-container ordinance at the cite of the Assembly project. This is an artist’s rendering of the project. 
Photo: The Integral Group
Photo: The Integral Group

Doraville approves open-container ordinance at Assembly District project 

Following behind other cities, Doraville approved an open-container ordinance, allowing patrons to carry alcohol in specified areas at the Assembly District, a 165-acre mixed-used development project near the Peachtree Road Corridor. 

City Council unanimously approved the ordinance Sept. 4 with a 6-0 vote which allows guests to carry drinks during business hours, a news release said. 

“These changes to the zoning ordinances of our city will assist Doraville in becoming an even more attractive place to do business,” Doraville Mayor Donna Pittman said in a statement. 


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The council also approved code amendments, allowing opportunities to bring breweries and distilleries for on- and off-premise consumption, according to the release. 

“This is not just about creating an inviting environment for residents, visitors and employees at Assembly, it’s also about creating an atmosphere for a vibrant set of businesses to thrive,” said Matt Samuelson, COO of the commercial real estate division at The Integral Group, in a statement Wednesday. The Integral Group is the developer for the property.

The development is expected to include multifamily housing, office space, dining and retail options, as well as the purpose-built film studio Third Rail Studios, completed in the first phase. 

Doraville is just the latest metro Atlanta city to approve an open-container ordinance. 

Smyrna approved its ordinance in February at the Smyrna Market Village, allowing guests to walk with a drink from 11 a.m. to midnight. Earlier this month, Canton approved a similar ordinance set to go in effect Oct. 1.

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Channel 2's Richard Belcher reports.

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