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Fort Mac board releases statement on T.D. Jakes’ draft master plan

A water color rendering of the T.D Jakes interim master development plan for 95 acres of the former Fort McPherson (Special)

This story has been updated with a link to T.D. Jakes’ complete draft master plan that was provided in response to an open records request.

By Maria Saporta

After approving the interim master plan for T.D. Jakes Real Estate Ventures for 95 acres, the Fort Mac Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA) board released a press release and some artwork featuring the development.

“We are pleased to release this plan today to provide the community a glimpse of what is likely to be incorporated into the final plan,” T.D. Jakes said. “While this is a major step forward, the plan is a work in progress as we continue our dialogue with local stakeholders and residents. We remain focused on strengthening communities through affordable housing and by helping people live the American dream through homeownership and the creation of multi-generational wealth.”

A copy of the initial master plan of T.D. Jakes development for 95 acres at the former Fort McPherson (Special)

As the next step in the planning process, the interim layout provides a general overview of the uses that will likely be incorporated into a final master plan and calls for a mixed-use development with mixed-income housing and an array of living choices including single-family homes, townhomes and apartments nestled in well-designed neighborhoods.

In addition, the plan envisions ample amenities aimed at enhancing the quality of life for both residents in the new development and existing residents in the surrounding communities. These include a variety of retail goods and services, healthy food choices, and healthcare options. The plan also anticipates ample green space and a bike path.

As the first step in a longer master planning process, the Initial Interim Master Development Plan outlines uses on the proposed site that may be a part of the final master plan. The Fort Mac LRA board looks forward to continued updates on the planning process as T.D. Jakes Real Estate Ventures continues its due diligence activities and discussions with the communities surrounding the former Fort McPherson Army Base, according to the release.

The T.D. Jakes Real Estate Ventures will be holding another community engagement meeting on Saturday, Oct. 30th, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the MILRA offices before a free to the community drive-in movie night, which takes place at 7 p.m.

A water color rendering of the T.D Jakes interim master development plan for 95 acres of the former Fort McPherson (Special)

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Maria Saporta

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.

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  1. Resident October 21, 2021 9:37 pm

    The design looks very disjointed. I’m not sure how we owned the whole property and came out with this result. The amenities are much needed but this is just an ugly package to me.Report

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