Mayor Shirley Franklin, along with East Point Mayor
Patsy Jo Hillard, introduces the McPherson Planning
Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA).
On November 10, 2005, the recommendation from the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) to close Fort McPherson became law. The City of Atlanta has worked closely with the Governor’s Office, the Office of Economic Adjustment at the Department of Defense, the City of East Point and Fulton County preparing for this event.
Mayor Shirley Franklin created the McPherson Planning Local Redevelopment Authority (McPherson Planning LRA) and asked Felker Ward to chair the LRA. Mr. Ward is a community leader, retired military colonel, attorney and president of an investment advisory firm.
The McPherson Planning LRA has the responsibility and authority for planning the reuse of Ft. McPherson and serves as the sole point of contact regarding the reuse of Ft. McPherson with the Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment and the Department of the Army. Its goals are to minimize the negative impact on Ft. McPherson employees and metro Atlanta residents as well as to create a redevelopment plan that will be an economic engine for the area.
The McPherson Planning LRA is governed by a ten-member Executive Committee and will recognize and reflect the interests of all key public and private stakeholders
The initial members of the Executive Committee are:
- Felker Ward, Chairman
- Mayor of the City of Atlanta
- Mayor of the City of East Point
- Chairman of the Fulton County Commission
- Chris Hummer, Chief Executive Officer, South Fulton Medical Center
A business representative nominated by the Mayor of East Point
- Lisa Gordon, City Manager, City of East Point
Nominated by the Mayor of East Point
- Mark Hennessy,President, Hennessy Automotive Group
A business representative nominated by the Chairman of the Fulton County Commission
- Ayesha Khanna, Chief Operating Officer, United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta
Chair of the Healthy Community and Quality of Life Sub-Committee
- Richard Holmes, Senior Vice President – Atlanta Metro Region, Georgia Power
Chair of the Reuse and Design Sub-Committee
- Bill Linginfelter, Chief Executive Officer, Georgia Banking, Wachovia Bank
Chair of the Finance and Economic Development Sub-Committee
“We have an excellent core committee of volunteers to work on this project. Over the coming month, we will be enlisting the help of additional volunteers, and ultimately engaging consultants to advise and assist in the planning process. We also expect to provide a mechanism for community outreach and feedback” said Mr. Ward.
The McPherson Planning LRA will have three sub-committees focused on specific areas of the base reuse planning.
- The Healthy Community & Quality of Life Sub-committee will focus on areas including childcare; K-12 and higher education; adult training; health services; public safety; environment; recreation; and, community development.
- The Reuse and Design Sub-committee will focus on areas including urban planning; real estate; transportation; facilities analysis and management; historic preservation; environment including air, land and water; utilities, including water, sewer, gas, electric and communications; parks and green space; housing; homelessness; and, reuse of personal property.
- The Finance and Economic Development Sub-committee will focus on areas including finance; financial feasibility; risk management; market analysis; marketing and communications; job creation; business recruitment; and, workforce development.
“We are excited about the leadership team that Felker has put together for the McPherson Planning LRA. Their vision and hard work will help McPherson become a healthy, sustainable community where people live, work, learn and play” said Mayor Shirley Franklin.
Inquires and questions should be directed to McPherson Redevelopment Authority.
McPherson Planning LRA
Mayor Shirley Franklin Announces the Fort McPherson Planning Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA)
||McPherson Planning Local Redevelopment Authority (McPherson PLRA) Hires Executive Director
Ft. McPherson and its surrounding communities in Southwest Atlanta, East Point and beyond may be impacted by the 2005 round of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process. In May 2005, the Department of Defense (DOD) recommended to the BRAC Commission the closing of 29 major installations throughout the US, including Ft. McPherson. In response, Mayor Franklin appointed Felker Ward to chair the Planning Local Redevelopment Authority for Ft. McPherson, should this become necessary. The BRAC commission will make its final recommendations to the President in September.
Ft. McPherson lies within the boundaries of the City of Atlanta (click here for map). Significant stakeholders include the City of East Point and Fulton County. For more information about Ft. McPherson, go to the McPherson Redevelopment Authority.
There are many examples of successful reuse planning of bases that have been closed over the past 20 years. One such example is the 1994 closure of Lowry Air Force Base in Denver. Initially, the Denver and Aurora areas lost 7,000 jobs and $295 million in annual spending. Today, 10 years after the closure, more than 12,000 people live and work at Lowry. Three thousand homes have been built at a full range of prices. To date, the redevelopment of Lowry has created a $4 billion economic benefit for the cities of Denver and Aurora. Tom Markham, the executive director of the Lowry Redevelopment Authority, cites four key lessons learned:
1. Expediting property disposal saves Department of Defense (DOD) money and supports economic recovery
2. Environmental issues continue to slow property transfer and economic recovery
3. Communities must speak with one voice
4. DOD must have one, consistent voice
To download the full text of Tom Markham’s statement to the House Committee on Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Readiness, in March of 2005, click here
BRAC Closures—Legislated* Timeline
||Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) provides dual-track base reuse planning grants
||OEA provides Local Redevelopment Authorities (LRA) seed staffing grants
||Congress approves BRAC list
||Form LRA/OEA recognize in Federal Register/local newspaper
||Secretary of Defense designates Base Transition Coordinator (BTC)
||Prepare OEA organization/planning grant request
||Begin DOD/Federal screening (6 months)
|Jan 2006 -May 2006
||Community Seminars on reuse and redevelopment
||DOD/Federal screening complete Excess personal property identified Surplus real property determination (Federal Register & local newspaper)
|LRA homeless outreach & Public Benefit Conveyance (PBC) property interests (3-6 months)
||Military Department identifies clean parcels under Community Environmental Response Facilitation Act (CERFA) (18 months)
||LRA completes base reuse plan; submits to Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) & Military Department
|Jul-Sep 2007 - Jan 2008
||HUD reviews reuse plan for homeless accommodation (60 or up to 180 days if it needs revision)
||Military Department completes property disposal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) document
||Military Department issues property disposal Disposal Record of Decision (ROD)
* P.L. 101-510 as amended; P.L. 103-160; Redevelopment Act, P.L. 103-421 32 CFR Parts 174-76
Legend of Abbreviations
BRAC - Base Realignment and Closure
CERFA - Community Environmental Response Facilitation Act, Pub. L. 102-426
HUD - Department of Housing and Urban Development
NEPA - National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42 U.S.C. § 4321 et seq., as amended
LRA - Local Redevelopment Authority
OEA - Office of Economic Adjustment
PBC - Public Benefit Conveyance
ROD - Disposal Record of Decision under NEPA