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Lawmaker Wants More Transparency On Tyler Perry-Fort McPherson Deal

Aug 7, 2014

Atlanta Democratic Sen. Vincent Fort says local residents have been shut out of plans to sell a portion of Fort McPherson to filmmaker Tyler Perry.
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Atlanta Democratic Sen. Vincent Fort, along with about a dozen residents, say they’re being cut out of a proposed plan to sell some of Fort McPherson to filmmaker Tyler Perry, and called for more transparency.

Speaking in front of the fort gates Tuesday, Sen. Fort and said residents put years of work behind a plan to turn the nearly 500-acre former army post into a life science and technology park.

But now, they said, city officials and the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority, the state-chartered authority tasked with redeveloping Fort McPherson, are fast-tracking a deal with Perry to turn a portion of the property into a movie studio.

Fort said officials are doing it without community input.  

“We’ve been told for the most part that it’s a real-estate deal and they can’t share any information. So, they’ve been asked, and we’ve asked for the information, and it’s not forthcoming,” he said.

Fort McPherson was ordered to close in 2005 as part of the Base Realignment and Closure Act, and shuttered in 2011.

The redevelopment authority board is scheduled to meet tomorrow to discuss details of a sale.

Fort said should the board move forward with the Tyler Perry Studios plan, it would be “nothing less than a betrayal of the public trust.”

In a statement, a spokesperson for Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said, “The Tyler Perry Studios proposal will allow for long-term economic and social sustainability to Fort McPherson and its surrounding areas.”