Turner Field could soon go from the home of the Atlanta Braves to one of the metro area’s biggest redevelopment question marks.
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Staff writer Katie Leslie contributed to this article.
Other high-profile redevelopment projects in metro area
Fort McPherson — The former headquarters of the U.S. Army Forces Command and the U.S. Army Reserve Command closed in September 2011. The post, founded in 1889, consists of 488 acres and is still owned by the Army. Planning for the property is being overseen by the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority, which is tasked with creating a mixed-use development vision that contemplates a science and technology park, mixed-income housing and parks.
Fort Gillem — The satellite base for Fort McPherson closed in September 2011. The sprawling post, opened in 1941, started as the Atlanta Quartermaster Depot and consists of more than 1,400 acres. The military retains part of the site, but the Forest Park/Fort Gillem Local Redevelopment Authority hopes to convert the campus into a thriving business hub for logistics companies and corporate campuses. The site is in need of environmental remediation, a point of contention between the state and military, related to disposal of industrial solvents.
The Gulch — The area near the CNN Center and the Five Points MARTA station has long been planned as a transit hub for MARTA rail, commuter rail and buses. The state Department of Transportation and developers Forest City Enterprises, Cousins Properties and The Integral Group are studying the feasibility of the site.
General Motors plant in Doraville — The plant closed in 2008. The 165-acre site sits near I-85 and I-285 near the Doraville MARTA station. The site has been coveted for redevelopment for years, but questions about environmental issues and a lackluster economy have vexed plans for the location. The Integral Group says it has an agreement with GM for due diligence in hopes of acquiring it. Integral Chairman and CEO Egbert Perry said Tuesday that the environmental issues do not appear as daunting as once thought.