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T.D. Jakes’s master plan presented to Fort Mac committee, public

Map of new development proposed to parts of Fort McPherson from T. D. Jakes Real Estate Ventures. Credit: TDJREV

The LRA approved the proposal to develop 95 acres of the former Fort McPherson Army Base.

By Allison Joyner

On Wednesday evening, T.D. Jakes Real Estate Ventures (TDJREV) presented its vision to build affordable housing and entertainment districts at Fort McPherson to committee board members in charge of operations and the public at large. 

The Community Engagement Subcommittee of the Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA) hosted the virtual meeting and invited representatives from the real estate investment firm to share their master plan of creating a livable community on a portion of the former Confederate military base. 

Owned by pastor and evangelist Bishop T.D. Jakes, TDJREV created a five-part plan to enhance the communities surrounding Fort McPherson and provide updated amenities that are not currently available in South Atlanta.

Phase one includes the VA hospital area and creates bungalows for patients seeking treatment at the facility. 

Phase two will see the construction of a single-family subdivision, townhomes, apartment complexes, retail space and a K-8 school along the Campbellton Road corridor.

Phase three will add additional commercial space for shops, restaurants, local businesses, a boutique hotel and short-term housing for out-of-town visitors working on projects at the neighboring Tyler Perry Studios. 

Phase four will provide even more commercial space focused on the professional sector. The business district will create office space for corporate business opportunities near the fort’s main entrance on Lee Street. 

The final phase of the master development plan will establish a historic cultural district, which will make workspaces available for artists and other creatives to rent, as well as senior living facilities, which are sorely needed in the area. 

While the plan is far from finalized, it does represent a specific path forward. “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,” Jakes said in a statement last week. 

TDJREV is giving the public another opportunity to see the plan at another community engagement subcommittee meeting on Oct. 30th, located inside the MILRA offices, from 4 to 6 p.m.  Afterward, the LRA will host a free Halloween-themed community drive-in movie night at 7 p.m. 

Log onto the LRA’s website to register for a spot.

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3 Comments

  1. Greg Allen Hodges October 29, 2021 9:05 pm

    “……the former Confederate military base.” Uh, Allison…..I don’t think so.Report

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  2. Nona Bobb October 29, 2021 10:41 pm

    It’s unfortunate that the plans for senior housing is slated to be done during the final phase . Seniors really, really need housing NOW.Report

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  3. Elaine Dent-Assad November 1, 2021 11:56 pm

    I worked at Ft Mac for a number of years. My husband and his brother are retired military from Ft Mac. I was at a loss when I found out
    they were closing it after all the money spent for updates and then declaring it a Command Center! No longer in Ga. but, did go back for a visit and was in total shock to see how neglected the area was!
    Thank you Mr. Tyler Perry , Bishop TJ Jakes, Mr. T.I.(rapper) who has also stepped up to the plate with affordable housing in the Bankhead Neighborhood and the Young Man who Has started an In-House School Grocery and Clothing store that took that seems to be doing very well? I have great Admiration for you and all involvedReport

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