Forest Park/Fort Gillem Local Redevelopment Authority

Board of Directors Meeting

September 16, 2009




A called meeting of the Forest Park/Fort Gillem Local Redevelopment Authority was held on Wednesday, September 16, 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; and, John Westervelt.


Staff, Legal Counsel and Others: Fred Bryant, Executive Director; Herb Wolverton, Fort Gillem BRAC Transition Coordinator; and, 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: ††None.


Chairmanís Announcements and Comments:

John Westervelt welcomed everyone to the meeting.


Executive Directorís Update:


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Old Business:



New Business:

John Westervelt asked the Board to consider going into Executive Session for the purpose of hearing oral interviews and discussing land acquisition and contract matters. John Parker made a motion to go into Executive Session, seconded by Corine Deyton. The Board voted unanimously to approve the motion and entered Executive Session at 6:03 pm.


The Pond Team (Dan Cohen, Michelle Alexander, and Contente Terry) made a presentation to the Board and answered questions from 6:05 until 6:42 pm.


The EDAW Team (Fredalyn Fraiser and Glenn Cohen) made a presentation to the Board and answered questions from 6:50 until 7:12pm.


The Benham Team (Tom Kuntz, Clare Woodside, Kira Zender, and Davietta Jenkins) made a presentation to the Board and answered questions from 7:24 until 7:46pm.


The Board discussed the presentations. John Parker made a motion to go back into Open Session, seconded by Maudie McCord. The Board voted unanimously to approve the motion and entered into Open Session at 7:59pm.


The LRA Board briefly decided to deliberate on the presentations and make a final decision at the next regular meeting, September 23, 2009.


John Westervelt advised the Board that Gail Hambrick had approached him about possibly considering other proposals that the Evaluation Committee had considered, but not recommended for oral interview. He explained the rationale for using the Evaluation Committee, and that its members have been selected by the Board to serve on other project Evaluation Committees in the past. John indicated the Board would certainly consider any recommendation by one of its members and invited Gail to discuss any other teams she would like to present to the Board. Gail Hambrick indicated she accepts the Board decision to interview the three teams that presented and did not recommend any others for consideration.


The Board asked that the teams clarify two matters before they met to finally deliberate. John Westervelt directed the Executive Director to send an email to each team requesting they specifically describe the work product that will be prepared for the LRA and City, and discuss how they will assist the LRA and City in full implementation of the project.


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


Open Discussion:




A motion was made by Sparkle Adams to adjourn the meeting. The motion was seconded by Gail Hambrick. The meeting was adjourned at 8:14 p.m.


Recorded By:


Fred Bryant, Forest Park/Fort Gillem LRA

Executive Director





September 23, 2009


Fred E. Bryant

Executive Director