A new plan for an old General Motors assembly plant in Doraville could bring economic activity and help ease traffic for thousands in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties.

On Monday night, city officials approved plans to redevelop the empty 165-acre lot into a regional attraction and facilitate access to the area.

“This is a big day for Doraville,” resident Susan Fraysse told Channel 2’s John Bachman.

After an extensive study for the city, design consultants drew up plans for a mixed use development with offices, condos, shops and parks. Although a stadium for the Atlanta Falcons had been tossed around, the idea was left off the final plan.

“The idea is to create something that’s truly unique, focused on MARTA and does not directly compete with Perimeter, Buckhead or other business districts in the area,” design consultant Caleb Racicot said.

Along with the plan, city officials also approved a plan for a Buford Highway connector to Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. The $100 million-plus project aims to give better access to the site. Racicot said it would be a “significant link between I-85, 285, and eventually the city of Dunwoody.”

Residents said they were excited for the city.

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“It’s all about future of this city. We’ve been standing still for a while. I think this is great jump start no doubt about that,” resident Carol Gilman said.

Others said it was the tip of the iceberg for Doraville’s potential within metro Atlanta.

“We have a lot to offer the whole region. It’s not just about Doraville,” said Fraysse.