Movie mogul Tyler Perry blasted the Fort McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA) board after it approved a $17 million sale of the former Forces Command office building for a future U.S. Food and Drug Administration lab. According to a report in the AJC, Perry criticized the LRA for not reaching a deal to convert the remaining 145 acres of the old military base into a promised mixed-use development for the community. Perry said the FORSCOM building “is in the heart of any development corridor,” and selling it could ruin the authority’s chances to craft a cohesive project benefiting nearby residents. Perry owns 330 acres of the property and said he is planning to build shops, restaurants, a center to help victims of human trafficking and other amenities to serve his workers and the community because he said he doubts the authority will be able to succeed in its redevelopment mission. A development deal signed in 2017 to create affordable housing, restaurants and shops has fallen through. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms agreed with Perry in a media statement saying the LRA had “squandered” an opportunity to help the southwest Atlanta community.
Jamestown, the Atlanta-based real estate investment and management company, will hold a second community town hall meeting on Sept. 3 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., inviting members of the community to join in discussions on the future of The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. This follows Jamestown’s acquisition of the property and initial town hall hosted on July 23. Held at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta’s Suite B200 at 3035 Peachtree Road (corner of Buckhead Avenue and Peachtree Road), the community town hall meeting will be open to the public.
Atlanta City Councilmember Cleta Winslow has added $3,000 to the reward money being offered by Crime Stoppers to assist in finding the suspect from the Aug. 20 shooting at the Atlanta University Center. Four students were shot or grazed during a back-to-school block party. Winslow’s addition brings the total reward to $5,000 for providing pertinent information toward identifying the shooter. Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers of Greater Atlanta at (404) 577-TIPS.