Requests for Qualifications being sought for Fort McPherson master developer

By Maria Saporta

Fort McPherson’s officials are seeking Requests for Qualifications for firms interested in become the master developer for a 113-acre site south of downtown Atlanta.

The McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority will select a firm or a team of firms that will be able to guide the project through its development phases and provide professional services within the project’s scope.

Fort McPherson, a 488-acre military facility, was closed earlier this year. Planning for the redevelopment of the property has been underway for years.

The redevelopment authority will hold a “mandatory pre-proposal conference” on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. at its offices at 86 Pryor St., Suite 300 in downtown Atlanta.

All potential respondents or their representatives must attend the pre-proposal conference if they intend to submit a proposal. Response to the Requests for Qualifications must be received by noon on Jan. 10, 2012.

The overall goal of the redevelopment authority is to create jobs and promote economic development. The conceptual plan for the entire 488-acre facility includes a science park, an employment center and a live-work-learn-play community.

The development eventually is expected to have 3.5 million square feet of labs and office space, 1,747 residential units and a research campus to house Georgia’s leading efforts in vaccines, infectious diseases, neurosciences and other sciences.

Within its first 10 years, it is expected that the development will employ about 5,000 jobs and generate about $12 million in annual state income tax revenues.

To download the Request for Qualifications, go to www.mcphersondevelopment.com.

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. Mason Hicks says:

    Maria, is there any mention in the RFQ of sustainability targets, such as LEED for Neighborhood Development, (LEED-ND) being pursued with this project. This would be an incredible opportunity for Atlanta to stand out in this regard…Report

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    • dwpendered
      dwpendered says:

      @Mason Hicks

      Hello, Mason,

      You raise a terrific point and the answer isn’t readily apparent in the document issued by the Fort McPherson ILRA. (Maria included a link at the end of her piece.)

      However, it appears that the authority does want a “best in class” proposal. There also is specific language addressing coordination with state EPD. Those two points do lead in the direction of the concepts you’ve outlined.

      Please see an update of this story in today’s edition. The story examines the relation between research facilities being built at Georgia Tech and those envisioned for the Fort McPherson site.

      PS — How should we refer to Fort McPherson in the future? Is it a former Army base? A shuttered base? Hmmmm……

      Regards,

      David Pendered

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