Friday, September 9, 2011

Feds OK Fort McPherson redevelopment plan

Posted By on Fri, Sep 9, 2011 at 12:34 PM

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  • MOVIN' RIGHT ALONG Federal housing officials approved a state authority's reuse plan for Fort McPherson, historic army base set to be vacated on Sept. 15
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development officials yesterday gave the thumbs up to a state redevelopment authority's plans to transform Fort McPherson, a 488-acre military base in southwest Atlanta, into a bioscience hub. Next step: Convince the U.S. Army, which is vacating the lush property on Sept. 15. Reports David Pendered:

[Mayor Kasim Reed] said: “Our plans call for the Fort McPherson site to become a national model for sustainable urbanism. All developers interested in participating in this opportunity must commit to design principles that bring long-term environmental, economic and social sustainability to the development and surrounding communities.”

Some residents in surrounding communities will be heartened by the mayor’s comments. They have complained for months about the redevelopment plan that was created in December 2010 and approved last week by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

These residents have taken their concerns to Atlanta City Councilmembers Joyce Sheperd and Cleta Winslow, who for years have been working on the closure of the base and its conversion to the city’s jurisdiction.

As we reported in July, plans for the mixed-use development that will be nestled between two MARTA rail stops include a VA clinic, transitional housing for homeless or formerly homeless families, and festival and event space. To view a photo gallery of Fort McPherson, click here.

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