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.