NEWSLETTER - City of Forest Park

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NEWSLETTER - City of Forest Park

Forest Park/Fort Gillem Local Redevelopment AuthorityNEWSLETTERBRAC PROCESS and SCHEDULEMay 9, 2006Army declares surplus property.May 26, 2006LRA requests Homeless and PublicBenefit Conveyance (PBC) Notices ofInterest (NOI) by September 25,2006.Dec. 22, 2006Fort Gillem Visioning/MarketAnalysis completed.Jan. 2007Fort Gillem Comprehensive ReusePlan Proposals due.May 2007Fort Gillem Comprehensive ReusePlan completed.May 2007LRA submits Homeless Applicationand Reuse Plan.August 2007Homeless Application and ReusePlan Approved.Fall 2007Form Implementation LRA.2007-2008LRA negotiates property disposalmethods with the U.S. Army.2008-2011Property Conveyance andRedevelopment.www.forestparkga.orgFor almost 60 years, since theAtlanta General Depot moved itsCandler Warehouse to what is now FortGillem in 1941, Fort Gillem has been avital part of the Clayton Countycommunity. Located in Forest Park, theinstallation served as trainer andsupplier throughout World War II, theKorean Conflict, the Berlin Airlift, theCuban Crisis and the Vietnam War. In1973, the installation was renamed FortGillem and made a satellite installationof Fort McPherson.Fort Gillem, a 1,427 acre military facility,is home to the First U. S. Army, the Armyand Air Force Exchange Service DistributionCenter, United States Army CriminalInvestigation Laboratory, the 2ndRecruiting Brigade, the 52nd EODGroup and the Federal Emergency ManagementAgency Southeast MobilizationSite. Fort Gillem houses facilitiesdevoted to maintenance and production,warehouse storage, administrative,and residential and community usesalong with two lakes and approximately397 acres of property with environmentalissues.In November 2005, Congress approvedthe Base Realignment and Closure(BRAC) Commission’s recommendationto close Fort Gillem by September 2011.The City of Forest Park, and all City residents,property owners and communitystakeholders throughout Clayton Countyhave a vested interest in the redevelopmentplanning process for its reuse.Major activities taking place as aresult of the BRAC include:• The Forest Park/Fort Gillem Local RedevelopmentAuthority (LRA) wasformed to serve as the sole representativeto the Department of the Army,the Department of Defense and theState of Georgia for redevelopmentand reuse planning for property onFort Gillem. The LRA has spent thelast several months gathering and analyzingdata about Fort Gillem withthe important goal of developing aReuse Plan that is consistent with theCity of Forest Park’s vision for futurecomprehensive development.• Over the next few months, the LRAwill conduct a series of public meetingsto engage and seek advice fromthe community during the developmentof the land use, transportation,market and economic elements ofthe Reuse Plan.


REDEVELOPMENT GOALSEconomic Growth…attract newbusiness, industry and investmentthrough an aggressive and targetedmarketing campaign that improvesthe community’s economic profile.Redevelopment Plan…establishthe land-use structure for a sustainablecommunity that attracts new industriesand businesses as well ascreates an environment whereby existingbusinesses can flourish and thearea will be perceived as an attractiveand prosperous location.Education Improvement…energizethe public school system, varioustechnical training facilities and selectedinstitutions of higher learningto meet the educational needs of theworkforce for the redevelopment andincrease the basic education, life skillsand technical skills of the community.CONCEPT PLANSThree conceptual concept plans were developed by the planning team along with aworking group comprised of three LRA Subcommittees (The Healthy Community andQuality of Life, the Reuse and Design, and the Finance and Economic Development) .The Subcommittees, consisting of community residents, leaders, City and County staffand stakeholders are responsible for providing oversight to the redevelopment planningprocess for the purpose of establishing a baseline for analysis, evaluation and discussionfor base redevelopment.Quality of Life…provide living conditions,wage levels, amenities and anenvironment that will encourage newworkers and their families to remainin community.Perception of Area…leverage existinggovernmental and non-governmentalstructures to enhancestakeholder relations and optimizefuture management resources thatstrengthen a positive reputation forthe community.One-Community…create a neighborhoodthat is a recognizable part ofForest Park and will transition seamlesslyfrom neighborhood to neighborhoodand community to community.Quality of Life - Conceptual Land Use PlanThe cornerstone of this plan is to enhance the quality of life of citizens. The reigningtheme of lush tree canopies and buffers assures that future development is seamlesswith “Forest Park.” Land is provided for recreational activities, education and faith basedproviders. Recreation areas are focused around the lakes so that everyone may enjoythem. Multi-use trails tie together the recreation areas and promote an alternativetravel path for people that live, work and play in the community. Main Street extendsinto the development and connects it with downtown Forest Park. Light clean industrialand mixed use development serves as the economic engine of the community. Amplespace is set aside for future growth, allowing the development to grow in conjunctionwith the market.


PROJECT STATUSThe LRA and its planning team havebeen gathering and analyzing environmental,economic and physical dataabout Fort Gillem over several months.In addition, the process has included anextensive public outreach componentthat seeks input from community stakeholders,residents, businesses, homelessservice agencies and public officials.The first public meeting was convenedon March 29, 2007 to inform the communityabout the planning process,and development strategies and to introducethe draft concepts for commentand feedback. An open houseand second public meeting will be conductedon April 26, 2007 which will involveintense public interaction to therefined concepts and lead to developmentof a comprehensive reuse plan forFort Gillem.The comprehensive Reuse Plan willinclude proposed land uses, supportinginfrastructure, a phased time scheduleand a capital improvement program toimplement the plan. A final plan mustbe submitted to the U.S. Army and HUDby June 22, 2007 and must include theneeds of the various communities foreconomic redevelopment, otherdevelopment and assistance tohomeless persons. HUD will review theplan to determine its compliance withthe federal statute.Upon approval of the reuse plan andissuance of the Army's environmentalrecord of decision, the City of ForestPark will form an Implementation LRAto receive and develop the property. Alegally binding agreement addressingthe homeless requests must beincluded in the HUD application. Thisagreement may or may not include realproperty located on the facility.Following the submission of a finalcomprehensive plan, the U.S. Army willFOREST PARK/FORT GILLEM LOCAL REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITYORGANIZATIONAL CHARTFor more information, please visit our website: www.forestparkga.orgContacts: Fred Bryant, LRA Executive DirectorT: 404-366-4720 Ext 119 E: fbryant@forestparkga.orgAddress: Forest Park/ Fort Gillem Local Redevelopment Authority745 Forest Parkway . Forest Park, Georgia 30297give "deference" to the plan in makingits final transfer decisions. Optionsavailable to the U.S. Army are publicsale, exchange of properties, economicdevelopment conveyances, publicconveyances, homeless assistancetransfers and other transfers.If, upon completion of the reuse planand final obligations of the LRA, theState of Georgia or City of Forest Parkchoose to receive or purchase a portionof the property, then an ImplementationLRA should be formed to receiveand develop that property. The finalconveyance method will not be determineduntil the final plan has beencompleted and the HUD application isapproved. Conveyance would occur betweenlate 2008 and 2011.PUBLIC MEETINGSCHEDULEThe meetings will provide NEWinformation about plans to redevelopFort Gillem and YOUR INPUT will bevital in shaping the future of thisimportant community Resource andForest Park. Please share thisinformation with other members ofthe community and make every effortto attend.Draft Plan Open HouseThursday April 26th3:00 PM - 6:00 PMForest Park Recreation CenterDraft Plan PresentationThursday April 26th7:00 PM - 9:00 PMForest Park Recreation CenterHomeless Consideration/AccommodationThursday May 10th7:00 PM - 9:00 PMForest Park City HallFinal Plan PresentationWednesday May 23rd6:00 PM - 7:00 PMCity Council Chambers

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