(AJC  January 29, 2016)

by J. Scott Trubey

A draft master plan for the area around Fort McPherson shows potential for denser development on public land at the former Army post and around two nearby MARTA stations and a future leg of the Beltline.

The draft shows there is current demand in the 1,300-acre area to support a grocery store and other neighborhood retail, and more will be stimulated by the future Tyler Perry Studios campus and private investment expected along the future Beltline segment.

It also outlines needed infrastructure upgrades including street extensions, streetscape work, new bike lanes and sidewalks, along with other improvements to make the area safer for pedestrians.

The McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority, recently re-branded as Fort Mac LRA, unveiled the latest draft at a meeting this week at Atlanta Technical College. The draft, which will receive further tweaks before going before the authority’s board late next month, is being developed under the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Livable Centers Initiative (LCI).

It provides the most detailed view yet of plans for redeveloping Fort Mac, one of two south metro Atlanta Army posts closed in recent years. The other is Fort Gillem in Forest Park.

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Photo by J. Scott Trubey