Forest Park/Fort Gillem Local Redevelopment Authority

Board of Directors Meeting

August 26, 2009




A regular meeting of the Forest Park/Fort Gillem Local Redevelopment Authority was held on Wednesday, August 26, 2009, at the Forest Park City Hall, 745 Forest Parkway, Forest Park, GA 30297.


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


Staff, Legal Counsel and Others: Fred Bryant, Executive Director; Herb Wolverton . Base Transition Coordinator; Robert Mack, City Attorney; Bob Tritt and Steve Labovitz, McKenna Long; Frank Barton, OEA; David Welch, LNR and Bob Currie, Weeks Robinson.


John Westervelt called the meeting to order at 6:01 p.m. It was determined that a quorum was present. The following matters were addressed:


Approval of Minutes:   John Parker made a motion to approve the minutes of the July 22, 2009 meeting, seconded by Linda Lord. The Board voted unanimously to approve the minutes. 


Chairman’s Announcements and Comments:

John Westervelt welcomed everyone to the meeting.  


Executive Director’s Update:

Fred gave a brief report on the ADC Annual Meeting held in Boston from 2-5 August. He participated on a panel discussion with HUD on best practices when preparing and submitting the Homeless Assistance Application. The program was not as useful as in the past.


Fred and Mike Comodeca met with Army representatives and later Mr. O’Brien of OEA. Fred stressed the need for access through the Army Enclave and asked the Army to be realistic when assessing EDC Applications in today’s economy.


Old Business:

Matrix Design provided the final Business Plan to the LRA board for review and approval. John Parker made a motion to accept the plan for purposes of preparing the EDC Application, seconded by Linda Lord. The Board voted unanimously to approve the motion. John Westervelt asked the Board to review the Plan and to be prepared to discuss/approve at the next regular meeting.


Matrix Design presented a letter requesting a change order to the original contract to cover $16,500 in additional travel expenses, meeting prep, and production of documents and reports. John Westervelt directed Fred to review to determine if there are funds available, and how the original contract applies to this request. Fred will report back at the next regular meeting.


John Westervelt received a Letter of Interest from Prime Educational Services to construct a JROTC Charter High School Campus and an Athletic Fields Complex on the property south of Hood Avenue on Fort Gillem. John directed that the letter be included with others previously submitted, and that staff work with the Development Partners to determine the suitability of the project.


New Business:

Mike Smietana, Vice President, Support Division, Real Estate Directorate, AAEFS, provided a briefing on AAFES and the economic impact of the Atlanta Distribution Center. He also advised that AAFES has requested that it be allowed to keep a distribution center in the Southeast and that Fort Gillem is one of the sites under consideration. He requested a letter of interest from the LRA by September 30th if the LRA considers having AAFES as a tenant as a feasible option. John Westervelt directed that staff prepare the letter for his signature.


The LRA received eight proposals in response to the RFP Fort Gillem Overlay Zoning District. The Evaluation Committee reviewed and evaluated each proposal and submitted a written report and recommendation to the LRA Board. Corine Deyton made a motion to accept the report/recommendation and to invite the Benham, Pond and EDAW teams to oral interviews, seconded by Sparkle Adams. The Board voted unanimously to approve the motion. Oral interviews will be held on September 16, 2009, beginning at 6PM. Fred will advise the teams and coordinate support.


John Parker made a motion to authorize the extension of Herb Smetheram’s contract to assist in drafting the EDC Application until the end of September at a not to exceed price of $4000 per month, seconded by Corine Deyton. The Board voted unanimously to approve the motion.


John Westervelt, John Parker, Fred Bryant, and Rosalind Newell met with Dr. Jackson, Director of Operations for Clayton County Public Schools, to discuss the TAD. Dr. Jackson supports the School Board’s participation and will discuss with the Superintendent. He will also assist in getting the LRA on the September working meeting agenda to discuss this with the Board.  


The next regular meeting will be September 23, 2009, at 6:00 PM.


Open Discussion:




A motion was made by John Parker to adjourn the meeting. The motion was seconded by Linda Lord.  The meeting was adjourned at 7:03 p.m.


Recorded By:


Fred Bryant, Forest Park/Fort Gillem LRA

Executive Director





September 23, 2009



Fred E. Bryant

Executive Director