Come January, about 11,000 DeKalb County residents will become part of Chamblee — and the state Supreme Court will hear arguments about whether a prime office complex will, too.
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BATTLES FOR BUSINESSES
As more new cities are proposed in DeKalb County, more battles are looming over key business properties that make both new and existing cities economically viable. Among the fights:
- Century Center: About 11,000 residents in north-central DeKalb and the complex, with 1.7 million square feet of office space, will join Chamblee on Jan. 1 based on Tuesday’s vote. Brookhaven already voted to annex the complex alone, leading to a legal battle that will be sorted out through a state Supreme Court ruling.
- Northlake Mall/Tucker area: The shopping mall near Briarcliff Road and I-285 is included in the proposed boundaries of three would-be cities: Briarcliff, Lakeside and Tucker. The only proposed city expected to be feasible without raising residential taxes is the one that captures those stores and surrounding offices and industrial areas.
- Lithonia Industrial Park: The industrial hub of eastern DeKalb, including areas around Rock Chapel and Panola roads, is included in the proposed boundaries of the new city of Stonecrest. However, the existing city of Lithonia has expressed an interest in pursuing annexation of the land to boost a tax base ravaged by a largely vacant downtown.