In 2015, film mogul Tyler Perry purchased the bulk of the nearly 500-acre Southwest Atlanta property Fort McPherson.
Perry aimed to build a movie studio on his 330-acre piece of the former U.S. Army base, and the rest was to be redeveloped separately.
Now, however, with Perry’s $250 million production facilities operational, the filmmaker and actor appears to want more of what’s come to be known as Fort Mac.
According to an Atlanta Business Chronicle report, Perry has said he’s in the market for another 20 acres of the old military outpost.
Perry reportedly wants to create an entertainment district next door to his walled-off film studio.
Imagine a 3,000-seat concert hall, three or four restaurants, and “an alley of about 10 small theater houses and dinner theaters—from 50 to 350 seats,” Perry told the paper.
Elsewhere, Perry said he envisions building a museum to showcase his work alongside African-American history. That facility would also serve as a base to coordinate tours of Tyler Perry Studios.
It’s unclear what a potential purchase could mean for the Fort Mac Local Redevelopment Authority, a government agency formed by the State of Georgia to oversee the ambitious overhaul of the rest of Fort McPherson—the part Perry doesn’t (yet) own.
It does mean, though, that the Fort Mac LRA would have only 125 acres to work with, although the fate of the 145 acres it owns now has lately been up in the air.
In May, Stephen Macauley, principal of Fort Mac’s then-master developer Macauley Investments, told Curbed Atlanta that shovels were expected to hit the dirt just a few weeks later.
The firm had dreamed up a potentially $760 million plan packed with restaurants, retail, and other commercial activity.
Macauley, though, had long butted heads with the LRA, and in July, LRA executive director Brian Hooker tendered his resignation, putting a question mark behind Fort Mac’s future.
The Fort Mac LRA board elected to sever ties with Macauley in October, adding to the precarious nature of the project.
So this big-budget production is to be continued.