- Associated Press - Thursday, June 19, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - A board working to redevelop a former Army base south of downtown Atlanta will begin negotiating a possible sale of some Fort McPherson land to filmmaker Tyler Perry.

The McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority voted Wednesday to begin formal negotiations with Perry, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported (http://on-ajc.com/19h2mCB ).

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said such a development would draw other businesses to the area and further solidify Georgia’s growing reputation as a major player in the film industry.

Reed said he has worked to keep Perry from relocating his business to the suburbs.

“He’s had an amazing career in Atlanta,” Reed said. “And I wanted to do everything I could to have him keep his businesses here.”

Perry will eventually unveil his redevelopment vision to the city and to neighboring communities around the post, Reed said.

The nearly 500-acre former Army post closed in 2011.

Perry has produced TV comedies such as “Meet the Browns” and “House of Payne,” and he’s also producing shows for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network.

The Atlanta newspaper reports that Perry’s representatives didn’t return calls Wednesday.

The authority is expected to soon acquire the entire post from the Army for about $30 million. The authority’s board would have to approve a transaction with Perry’s company if a deal is reached, the Atlanta newspaper reported.

Perry’s interest in the former Army post is a positive for the neighborhood, said Doris Hines, an Atlanta Technical College community relations coordinator who regularly attends authority meetings.

“It’s job opportunities and putting money back into the community, where it’s needed,” Hines said. “We’re talking about economic development in this neighborhood. That’s a positive.”

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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

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