New Plans Take Shape for Atlanta's Fort McPherson

The land adjacent to Tyler Perry Studios will be developed into an entertainment district with offices, restaurants, and retail.

July 8, 2021, 6:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction

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Atlanta's decommissioned Fort McPherson, which "spans 488 acres four miles southwest of downtown Atlanta, or three stops on the airport-bound MARTA transit line," will soon be home to an "inclusive, high-energy community with a creative hub at its heart," reports Josh Green in Urbanize Atlanta. "[Tyler] Perry, the filmmaker, and a Texas megachurch pastor, T.D. Jakes, have struck separate deals to purchase and develop the remaining Fort Mac acreage, as the Fort McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority relayed earlier this month."

According to Green, "[r]enderings recently published by architecture and planning firm SHAPE show a masterplan that would cover the totality of that acreage, creating a hub 'where history, art, and culture intersect,' arranged around a central greenspace."

The Reconstruction-era Fort McPherson operated as a U.S. Army base for over a century until it closed in 2011. In 2015, Tyler Perry started construction on his 330-acre studio complex. "The authority has been searching for a new partner to recreate the studio-adjacent acreage since developer Stephen Macauley backed away (with a buyout) in 2019."

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