Rendering of the Proposed Revelopment of Ft. McPhersonAtlanta City Councilmembers Joyce M. Sheperd, Cleta Winslow, Keisha Lance Bottoms and the City of Atlanta’s Bureau of Planning seek public input in developing a zoning and land-use blueprint in anticipation of the closure of the Fort McPherson base. The historic base has been ballyhooed as the next Atlantic Station, as well as being an incubator for technology.

The Fort McPherson Zoning and Land-Use Blueprint public meetings will be held from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Atlanta Technical College, 1560 Metropolitan Parkway, starting tonight (March 10) in the Academic Complex Auditorium. Additional meetings will be held  March 17, March 24 (in the Dennard Center Ballroom) and March 31.

In total, the Ft. McPherson Redevelopment Project is expected to generate 7,000 jobs and with another 5,000 to 6,000 created indirectly from the development. The site should also create between $7.4 million and $16.2 million annually in property taxes, according to the Ft. McPherson Planning Local Redevelopment Authority.

Fort McPherson has the benefit of being in close proximity to two MARTA transit stations, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Downtown Atlanta, and numerous higher education and health facilities. It is also close to several landmarks such as HiFi Buys Amphitheater and Turner Field.

In addition, the two MARTA transit stations that serve the surrounding neighborhoods are Lakewood/ Ft. McPherson Station at the SE corner and Oakland City Station in the NE corner. This neighboring area is also served by a number of bus routes.

The redevelopment project can be funded through a combination of federal, state, and local government tax incentives, as well as direct subsidies available for varied development activities such as public infrastructure improvements, new mixed income residential construction, new commercial office and retail construction, historic preservation and rehabilitation, environmental remediation, new parks and recreational greenspace.

Fort McPherson was established in 1885 as a military post on a site in south Atlanta. Over the years, the fort expanded to its present 487.45 acres and became the headquarters of the U. S. Army Forces Command. On November 9, 2005, the Base Closure and Realignment Commission announced its decision close Fort McPherson within six years.

For more information contact Jewelle Kennedy with the city of Atlanta’s Bureau of Planning at (404) 330-6145 or Councilmember Joyce Sheperd at (404) 330-6053.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

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