Diversity | Vitality | Community
The City of Doraville is located in northern DeKalb County and is conveniently accessed by I-285. Doraville has a population of just over 8,000 according to the 2010 Census. While this isn’t a very large number, Doraville and neighboring Chamblee have some of the most diverse populations in the country.
Established in 1836 and incorporated as a city in 1871, Doraville existed for years as an exemplar of small town rural America. With the construction of a General Motors assembly plant and nearby petroleum tank farms in the late 1940s, the city saw more growth over the next 15 years than it had experienced in the previous 100 years. Since GM closed their assembly plant in 2008, Doraville has worked tirelessly to re-invent itself and set the gold standard for a metro community. The plant has recently found a new owner to redevelop the 162-acre tract.
Doraville and Chamblee have one of the largest Asian communities in the country and a very large Hispanic population. Over half of the residents speak a language of than English as a first language. Doraville prides itself on its ability to accommodate an expanding and diverse population while simultaneously maintaining its small-town charm and sense of community.
It is because of this diverse community that a stretch along Buford Highway is known as the DeKalb International Corridor. For the adventure eater, The International Corridor is a goldmine. Here you will find authentic cuisine from all across the world as well as unique retail shops. In November 2011, Doraville hosted the first DeKalb International Food & Music Festival at the former General Motors Plant, attracting thousands of visitors from across the area for a day of music, food and fun.
Grocery shopping in DeKalb County has never been more exciting. For over 25 years, Buford Highway Farmers Market has been specializing in all types of Asian foods. Over the years, it’s added foods from Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, West Africa, Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Eastern Europe and more. With one of the largest fresh produce departments in Atlanta, you’ll find seasonal specialties, exotics, unusual varieties, select organics and local favorites. You will find an amazing department of fresh fish and meats from around the world. A visit here is like a worldwide trip where you can experience local favorites without ever leaving home.
Doraville is home to a MARTA Station (Metro Atlanta’s Rapid Transit System) which makes it convenient to access Downtown Atlanta, surrounding neighborhoods, and many exciting attractions. Doraville’s proximity to all of Metro Atlanta makes it an ideal destination to enjoy everything Atlanta has to offer with a fraction of the traffic congestion.
Third Rail Studios
Big changes are coming to Doraville! We are excited to watch as the old General Motors Plant is transformed into Third Rail Studios. Named after the tracks that ran though the assembly plant, Third Rail Studios will be Atlanta’s first film studios of this magnitude inside the I-285 Perimeter. The first phase of construction will be an adaptive reuse of an existing 130,000 SF building to accommodate 60,000 SF of sound stages, 20,000 SF of production support plus mill shops, related vendor spaces and administrative offices. At full buildout, the media complex will be a 270,000-square-foot-facility.
Film in Georgia is big business. As a direct result of the 2005 Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act, in 2014 production companies spent close to $1.4 billion in Georgia, creating a total economic impact of $5.1 billion for the State. The new Third Rail Studios is guaranteed to be an important step forward for our growing film scene.
Continue to check for updates on the film studio, and other projects happening in Doraville!