Permitting plans were filed this week for turning the remaining land at Fort McPherson into a sweeping mix of new development five miles south of downtown Atlanta.

The 96-acre redevelopment proposal is being put together by T.D. Jakes, a Texas megachurch pastor, author, and filmmaker who owns the portion of the former U.S. Army base not controlled by Tyler Perry.

T.D. Jakes Real Estate Ventures’ ambitions call for a variety of new and repurposed buildings near the northeast corner of the old Army base, located off Lee Street, according to plans filed this week with the City of Atlanta Office of Zoning and Development.

Renderings included with Special Administrative Permit paperwork, as designed by New York-based architecture firm Perkins Eastman, show that larger new buildings at Fort McPherson would lean into a modern esthetic, while single-family houses would be more traditional.

One standalone retail building specifies that it could be a grocery store.  

Where a crescent of new mixed-use construction would border historic buildings at Fort McPherson. Lee Street is depicted at bottom. T.D. Jakes Real Estate Ventures; designs, Perkins Eastman

Jakes, founder and pastor of The Potter’s House Church in Dallas, has movie-production experience with Lifetime network. The growing, 40-building Tyler Perry Studios complex is located just south of the Fort McPherson land Jakes owns; Perry has said he plans to remake remaining acreage there into an entertainment and retail district accessible to the public.

According to Jakes’ paperwork filed this week, the 96 acres will be refashioned into four zoning districts: Market District, Heritage District, Campbellton District, and Western District. 

The section of Fort McPherson targeted for redevelopment. The former Army base spans nearly 500 acres overall, with Tyler Perry Studios situated to the south. Google Maps

Here’s a breakdown of future uses, per the filings this week:

· 105,000 square feet of commercial and retail space

· 36,000 square feet of restaurant and food service

· 84,300 square feet of office space

· 85,000-square-foot senior living facility

· 270 hotel and rental units

· 901 multifamily dwelling units

· 200 townhomes

· 181 single-family residences

· 30,000 square foot primary charter school.

Examples of facades planned around the new district. T.D. Jakes Real Estate Ventures; designs, Perkins Eastman

When the Fort McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority indicated in 2021 that remaining acreage would be sold to Perry and the pastor, their separate developments were collectively described as an “inclusive, high-energy community with a creative hub at its heart.”

In a news release at the time, Jakes said he intends to develop affordable and workforce housing to meet a national need.

Have a look at the site’s masterplan and more specific aspects in the gallery above.


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