Chamblee (Sham-blee) is a city in northern DeKalb County, Georgia, northeast of Atlanta. The population was 9,892 at the 2010 census. Chamblee is south of Dunwoody, southwest of Doraville, northeast of Brookhaven, and north of Interstate 85. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.1 square miles, all of it land.
The area that would later become Chamblee was originally dairy farms. During the late nineteenth century, an intersection of two railroads was constructed in Chamblee; one carried passengers from Atlanta to Charlotte, North Carolina, while the other ferried workers and goods back and forth from a factory in Roswell to Atlanta. A settlement known as Roswell Junction emerged at the intersection, and the United States Postal Service decided to establish a post office there. However, feeling the name of the settlement was too similar to nearby Roswell, they randomly selected Chamblee from a list of petitioners for the new post office name. Chamblee was incorporated in 1907.
During World War I and World War II, Chamblee served as the site of U.S. military operations. During World War I, the U.S. operated Camp Gordon, home to 40,000 servicemen. This influx of new people created a building boom in the town. Camp Gordon was closed after the war and then re-opened as Navy Flight Training Center at the advent of World War II.
Immediately after World War II, Chamblee experience growth in blue-collar industry and residents due to its proximity to the newly opened General Motors plant in neighboring Doraville. Manufacturing plants also located along the newly constructed Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. By the 1980s, much of the city’s industrial base had downsized or eroded; in its place sprung multi-ethnic business that catered to the immigrants and refugees moving to Chamblee and Doraville en masse due to the cities’ affordable housing. By the time of the 1996 Summer Olympics, Chamblee had emerged as a multi-cultural city inhabited by a large immigrant community.
During the first decade of the 2000s, the city grew as it refined its image constructing a new city hall in 2002. In 2010, Chamblee annexed an area directly to the northwest that includes Huntley Hills and a resident population of around 5,000. It also renamed Peachtree Industrial Boulevard to Peachtree Boulevard, and took steps to revitalize its downtown.
Here is a little more about Chamblee from their official city website…
Located just 14 miles from downtown Atlanta, Chamblee is a vibrant urban city with a diverse community and international flair. The City of Chamblee began as a small rail town and was incorporated in 1908. Through multiple annexations, the City has grown to over 7 square miles and 26,000 residents. The downtown district has experienced significant commercial development including lofts and townhomes since 2000, while maintaining its vintage buildings and architecture.
The City of Chamblee operates under a mayor and council-city manager form of government. The services provided by the City under general governmental functions include police protection, planning and development, sidewalk and curb maintenance, and parks operation and maintenance. Chamblee is located in Northern DeKalb County and is bordered by Dunwoody to the northwest, Doraville to the east and Brookhaven to the southwest.
Two major interstate highways that border the City, I-285 to the north and I-85 to the southeast, provide easy roadway access to and from the City. For commuters, the roadway access is complimented by a MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) rail station and several MARTA bus stops throughout the City. The City is also home to DeKalb Peachtree Airport (PDK), which is the second busiest airport in the State.
From the South’s largest collection of antiques to the extensive collection of auto dealerships, Chamblee is an exciting city to explore. Also, Chamblee’s restaurants feature cuisines from all over the world.
Whether you are resident or visitor, we hope you get a chance to Discover Chamblee!
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