Tyler Perry to buy 330 acres of Fort McPherson, Atlanta retains 144 acres

By David Pendered

Filmmaker Tyler Perry will purchase 330 acres for a planned studio and Atlanta will retain 144 acres, some of which will be developed and some of which will be converted to greenspace.

Terms were not disclosed as the deal was announced Friday at the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority. The deal is expected to close Oct. 15, said Chairman Felker Ward.

“I am pleased that we reached an agreement that will help create long-term job creation, business expansion and community investment in Fort McPherson and its surrounding communities,” Mayor Kasim Reed said.

“I want to say [thank you] to everybody for even the opportunity to have this under consideration,” Perry said.
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David Pendered, Managing Editor, is an Atlanta journalist with more than 30 years experience reporting on the region’s urban affairs, from Atlanta City Hall to the state Capitol. Since 2008, he has written for print and digital publications, and advised on media and governmental affairs. Previously, he spent more than 26 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and won awards for his coverage of schools and urban development. David graduated from North Carolina State University and was a Western Knight Center Fellow. David was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in North Carolina and is married to a fifth-generation Atlantan.

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