City of South DeKalb will get new name

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 29, 2015
Members of Concerned Citizens for Cityhood for South DeKalb met at the public library in Clarkston on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. File photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Members of Concerned Citizens for Cityhood for South DeKalb met at the public library in Clarkston on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. File photo by Dan Whisenhunt

This story has been updated.

Organizers behind the creation of a City of South DeKalb have called a press conference for Friday, Jan. 30, to announce a new name for the proposed city: Greenhaven.

The group announced its new name via its Facebook page on Jan. 29.

“The reason for the name? In all of nature, the color GREEN is associated with sustainable life. Life that is creative, productive, inspiring and present in abundance,” the announcement says. “We chose HAVEN because it suggests a place where all life (human life in particular) is VALUED, SAFE and PROTECTED. The city of GREENHAVEN shall be a place where human creativity, accountability, productivity, economic development and responsibility lives.”

The press conference will be held at 10:30 am at the Wesley Chapel Library, 2861 Wesley Chapel Road, Decatur, GA 30034.

“The name announcement and unveiling will kick off 2015 cityhood efforts for the proposed city,” the press release says. “CCCSD will discuss its branding efforts, what they have accomplished, the DeKalb County pension plan, and next steps. In addition, Isaac Finley, Vice Chair of CCCSD, will explain the naming process that started with 20 names and was whittled down to one.”

“Rebranding is the beginning. The area once known as South DeKalb is transforming into a new city with a new vision and an exciting future.”

During a public meeting last November, the group announced it was considering several names for the city, which would encompass most of unincorporated South DeKalb County and would be the second largest in Georgia with nearly 300,000 residents. The proposed map would include everything in DeKalb south of U.S. 78 up to I-285, excluding a proposed city of Stonecrest, and everything south of Memorial Drive on the other side of 285.

Other potential city names included:

– Candler City – Named for the major thoroughfare in south DeKalb

– Panola City – Named after another major thoroughfare

– Sky City- A reference to Atlanta’s dominance in transportation by air

-Haven- A reference to South DeKalb’s cultural diversity. “The county has also become a haven for African, Iraqi, and Latino asylum seekers,” a handout on the proposed city says.

– New Haven

– New Phoenix – A nod to a potential rebirth for South DeKalb

– Creek Hills – The handout says, “Most of DeKalb County was ceded from the Creek Indians on Jan. 8, 1821.”

– New Africa City – “The population is predominantly Black and originally comes from Africa,” one of the handouts notes

– New DeKalb – Another nod to a rebirth of South DeKalb

– Freedom City – “Freedom from the shackles that bind us,” the handout says.

CCCSD President Kathryn Rice told Decaturish the group expects its feasibility study back sometime in February.

South DeKalb is one of four proposed cities in DeKalb County this year. The others are Stonecrest, Tucker and LaVista Hills. All are seeking consideration by the General Assembly this year, but at this time no cityhood bills or annexation bills have been introduced.

Cities like Decatur and Avondale Estates are pursuing their own annexation plans in response to the cityhood initiatives.

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