Fort McPherson community study meeting to be held Thursday

Aerial of the front gate at Fort McPherson shot from the east looking west on Aug. 24, 2005. (Staff Photo by Keith Hadley/FILE)

Aerial of the front gate at Fort McPherson shot from the east looking west on Aug. 24, 2005. (Staff Photo by Keith Hadley/FILE)

The civilian agency tasked with redeveloping Fort McPherson will kick off a community study to plan the future of the area at a meeting Thursday in southwest Atlanta.

The Fort Mac LRA (which is formally known as the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority) plans to introduce the community to the Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) process in the first of what will be several neighborhood meetings. The meeting will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Rev. James Orange Park Recreation Center, at 1305 Oakland Drive SW.

The meeting will include planners and authority staff and will offer residents a chance to bring forward ideas for a 1,300 acre study area that extends well beyond the Fort McPherson campus.

A sign marking the site of the future Tyler Perry Studios facility at Fort McPherson. Perry closed on a deal with a civilian agency and the Army that will lead to him controlling 330 acres on the site. Documents obtained by the AJC show he has plans for a museum and amphitheater. J. Scott Trubey/STAFF strubey@ajc.com.

A sign marking the site of the future Tyler Perry Studios facility at Fort McPherson. J. Scott Trubey/STAFF strubey@ajc.com.

In June, filmmaker Tyler Perry acquired most of the closed Army post for $30 million. He plans a film studio, and documents obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution show he also submitted maps to the civilian authority detailing a potential future amphitheater and museum on the property.

The complicated transaction left the redevelopment agency with about 144 acres of land to develop under civilian control.

An Urban Land Institute panel recently recommended options for the civilian land, including an expanded Veterans Administration medical center, offices for federal agencies, government contractors and media companies as well as retail, restaurants and apartments.

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CaryFelton
CaryFelton

Please just build a home improvement store in there. I'm tired of driving out to the Cascade Home Depot.