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Fort McPherson, Georgia

Overview

The Great Recession may have altered the community’s plans, but the Fort Mac Local Redevelopment Authority is still on track to replace the 2,950 jobs lost after BRAC 2005.

Fort McPherson Today

Since June 2015, the Army has conveyed 464 acres of the former military installation to the Fort Mac Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA) under an economic development conveyance. Approximately 330 acres were immediately sold to a private movie production company, while the Fort Mac LRA retained approximately 145 acres. The Fort Mac LRA has assumed caretaker responsibilities for this property as it works to implement its Livable Centers Initiative. This vision, which was developed with extensive community input, calls for greenspace, arts and entertainment spaces, medical offices, and affordable and market-rate housing. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and two credit unions also maintain property on the former installation. 

As of December 2016, there were 308 construction jobs and 744 jobs on the former base, the latter including Tyler Perry Studios, Fort McPherson Credit Union, Fort Mac LRA, and the VA medical clinic.

Background

Fort McPherson was founded by the U.S. Army in September 1885. During World War I, the Fort was used as a camp for Imperial German Navy prisoners of war. The 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommended the closure of Fort McPherson, resulting in an estimated loss of 2,950 civilian positions. 

After the closure was announced, the State of Georgia created the McPherson Local Redevelopment Authority (MLRA), which led the reuse planning effort. The reuse plan for the 487 acres at Fort McPherson envisioned a multi-phased, mixed-use redevelopment area featuring a 113-acre parcel for a Life Sciences Crossroads Center; a world-class green space with publicly available amenities; a National Landmark (historic) District with residential, office, and other uses; and complementary sub-areas with residential, commercial, retail, mixed-use, and commercial uses. The MLRA received state support and participation in the planning effort; however, national economic conditions changed dramatically between the reuse plan’s adoption in June 2007 and a favorable U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development determination in September 2011. These changes affected many of the assumptions behind the reuse plan and its financing strategy.

In 2010, the MLRA became the McPherson Implementation Local Redevelopment Authority (a.k.a. the Fort Mac LRA), a local government authority created by the State of Georgia, entrusted with catalyzing growth in the community and ensuring quality reuse and redevelopment. Its board of directors, nominated by the Mayor of Atlanta, the Fulton County Commission or the Governor of Georgia, provide leadership as the LRA is broadly empowered to utilize a number of incentives and financing tools to enable investment, facilitate job training and housing rehabilitation programs, and otherwise work to achieve the economic development mandate. The LRA works closely with its partners, community and neighbors to redevelop the site in a way that catalyzes economic development, revitalizes the area and empowers its community.

In May 2017, the Fort Mac LRA formalized a partnership with Macauley Investments for master development of the 145-acre site. Macauley will first create a master plan in alignment with the Livable Centers Initiative. Master planning will prioritize new development on the site – primarily an urban village along Lee Street and a smaller retail and housing section along Campbellton Road, leveraging Fort Mac’s location between two nearby Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority stations. Other early priorities include identifying funding for infrastructure improvements as well as place-making and branding for the new destination. Fort Mac LRA will maintain responsibility for the leasing and management of both existing and historic properties.

Updated October, 2017

Point of Contact

Mr. Brian Hooker
Executive Director
McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority
http://fortmaclra.com/

State:
GA
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