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Doraville mayor: 'No thanks' to Falcons stadium move

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The old GM plant in Doraville has been the most talked-about alternative for a potential stadium outside the city, but the mayor says "no thanks." The old GM plant in Doraville has been the most talked-about alternative for a potential stadium outside the city, but the mayor says "no thanks."
DORAVILLE, Ga. -

If the Atlanta Falcons have to look to the suburbs for a place to move the Georgia Dome, they can cross Doraville off the list.  The old GM plant in Doraville has been the most talked-about alternative for a potential stadium outside the city, but the mayor says "no thanks." 

The 165-acre property has plenty of room for parking, and there is infrastructure that includes highway access.  But Mayor Donna Pittman says it's not what residents want-- so her answer is no.  

Pittman told FOX 5 the site is a prime investment spot that would be wasted on a new stadium. 

"I respect the thoughts of my citizens, and we have to listen to what they say, and they came out again with a resounding no.  This is not something they wanted," said Pittman.  

Doraville residents voted previously when a developer floated the idea of a stadium being put on the site back in 2009.  Pittman says the cost outweighs the benefit, and the city's goals and plans for the site have a catalyst for revitalization-- something she says she heard council members say they didn't see a stadium doing.  

Pittman says she things what the city and region need most is jobs-- high-tech, year-round jobs.

"We listen and we respect our citizens, and unless they've changed their opinion since 2009-- and from what I'm hearing, they have not," she said.  

Meanwhile, the Atlanta City Council will take up the stadium issue again on Wednesday.  That meeting happens at 11:30 a.m. at Atlanta City Hall, and it is open to the public.

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