9/16: New visions for an old fort

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Will one of the biggest redeveloped spaces in Atlanta favor business over community? Or will it integrate with the neighborhood? Anchored by a bioscience research center, the plan for Fort McPherson, which closed Thursday, has been approved by the federal government, but it has met with early resistance. Below are views from leaders on both sides of the issue.

Michael Dobbins, a professor and a former commissioner of Planning, Development and Neighborhood Conservation for Atlanta, believes the plan falls short.

Jack C. Sprott, executive director of the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority, writes that the old fort requires a new plan.

Read their views and tell us what you think.

8 comments Add your comment

Fanny Waist Pack

September 20th, 2011
12:38 pm

I agree – the old fort needs a new plan – but what will satisfy everyone? Is that even possible?

Roger Mansfield

September 17th, 2011
7:12 pm

The issue of security for those living on and going to the re-developed Fort McPherson is paramount. The area around the post, especially the north (Campbellton Rd) side, has long been a high- crime one, particularly at night, when the drug dealers seem to dominate. Making it safe and attractive is another part of the required investment.

Ga Values

September 17th, 2011
10:23 am

How much will Reed, The Mayanrd Jackson Family & the rest of Atlanta Politicians steal off this?? Another Airport, MATRA opportunity to skim off the taxpayer.


September 16th, 2011
5:28 pm

Are there housing plans for active seniors in the new Fort McPherson development. This is an excellent location for active seniors because of it’s proximity to public transportation, downtown Atlanta, and the airport. The green space, golf course, library and Veteran’s Hospital are all resources that would greatly add to the quality of life of the senior citizens of Atlanta and neighboring cities.

quick work break

September 16th, 2011
5:08 pm

You think the city of Atlanta has tons of extra cash to spend? They can’t even cover their obligated pension fund. Face the current market–it’s abysmal. Any other time, and there would be a dozen interested developers already bidding it out.


September 16th, 2011
3:19 pm

Maybe Obama will use another $500 million to lure another solyndra to Mcpherson…


September 16th, 2011
3:08 pm

I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, http://GoGetBids.com


September 16th, 2011
11:41 am

Another bait and switch where those on the southside of the City get the shaft. While Sprott says that only private investment can get this project off the ground, what is the City contributing? With all the needed resources in that area (grocery store comes to mind), why a biotech complex? Another instance of people who dont live in the area coming in, taking the resources and going back up to N. Fulton, et al. Joyce Sheperd and Cleta Winslow, along with Shirley Franklin should be ashamed for allowing the state to come in and steal this property from under their noses.