Despite the scale of the project, the negotiations have been conducted in secrecy. And even high-ranking elected officials such as DeKalb Commissioner Elaine Boyer have been given little or no information. She complained that the parties, including the county's own housing agency, were "bypassing" her and the other commissioners, assembling the land without their involvement.
"We haven't had any discussion yet," Boyer said. "This is outrageous."
On Tuesday, Commissioner Gale Walldorff, who represents the area, got her colleagues to schedule an Oct. 24 vote on a resolution calling on the DeKalb school system and the housing authority to meet with the commission and discuss the county's stake in the deal.