Forest Park/Fort Gillem Local Redevelopment Authority

Board of Directors Meeting


February 25, 2009




A regular meeting of the Forest Park/Fort Gillem Local Redevelopment Authority was held on Wednesday, February 25, 2009, at the Forest Park City Hall, 745 Forest Parkway, Forest Park, GA 30297.


Board Members: Sparkle Adams; Corine Deyton; Donald Judson; Linda Lord; Maudie McCord; John Parker; and John Westervelt.


Staff, Legal Counsel and Others: Fred Bryant, Executive Director; Frank Barton, OEA; Lisa Keeling, Army BRAC; COL Deborah Grays, Garrison Commander; Herb Wolverton, Fort Gillem BRAC Transition Coordinator; Phil Browning, GMACC; Forrest Robinson, Forest Park Development Partners LLC.


John Westervelt called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. It was determined that a quorum was present. The following matters were addressed:


Approval of Minutes: Linda Lord made a motion to approve the minutes of the December 17th meeting, seconded by John Parker. The Board voted unanimously to approve the minutes.


Chairmanís Announcements and Comments:

John Westervelt welcomed everyone to the meeting.


Executive Directorís Update:

The LRA Executive Director, Forest Park Development Partners, LLC, and the Matrix Team met in late December to conduct an initial Business Plan workshop. Weekly conference calls are held, and the group will meet again on March 5th to review the Teamís progress to date. The Team will brief the LRA Board at its next regular meeting in March, and is on schedule to complete the Business Plan by mid-April.


OEA has approved extending the current grant to April 30, 2009, and to increasing that grant to fully-fund the business plan project and one month of staff salary and benefits. The next grant request, covering the period May 1, 2009 through April 30, 2010, will be submitted in April 2009.


Fred participated on a panel at the ADC Winter Forum on February 10th. The panel discussed approached to redevelopment in a down economy. It was well-attended and well-received.


John Parker, Joe Harris, Forrest Robinson and David Welch met with Mike Comodeca, Spencer, Fane, Britt and Browne, LLP on February 17th to discuss the legal issues associated with BRAC closure implementation. Mike is an environmental and BRAC attorney who currently works with communities that are negotiating property transfer and environmental remediation actions with the Army. As a result of that meeting, the LRA has signed an engagement letter to seek Mikeís assistance in matters pertaining to the LRA and Army. The City Attorney will continue to advise the LRA on local matters, including the DDA with the Forest Park Development Partners, LLC.


Old Business:



New Business:

The GA Department of Education, working with DOD, has forwarded a letter to the LRA Board expressing interest in establishing a JROTC Charter High School and Middle School campus on Fort Gillem. The campus is approximately 80 acres and could also accommodate the Forest Park Street School.


The LRA Board reviewed a copy of the Programmatic Agreement covering historic properties and the adaptive reuse buildings in the proposed Business Park. The Army and SHPD continue to negotiate the deed covenant language. The PA should be ready for signature in the next 30-45 days.


Sparkle Adams made a motion to table action on the FP/FG Implementation LRA Board composition until a later date, seconded by Corine Deyton. The Board voted unanimously to approve the motion.


The next regular meeting will be March 25, 2009, at 6:00 PM.


Open Discussion:




A motion was made by Corine Deyton to adjourn the meeting. The motion was seconded by Linda Lord. The meeting was adjourned at 6:21 p.m.


Recorded By:


Fred Bryant, Forest Park/Fort Gillem LRA

Executive Director





March 25, 2009


Fred E. Bryant

Executive Director