Sizemore Group selected to lead Oakland City/Fort McPherson Livable Centers Initiative study

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The McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority (Fort Mac LRA) has selected Sizemore Group, an award-winning architecture firm based in Atlanta, to conduct a master planning study of the Oakland City-Fort McPherson area.

The McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority (Fort Mac LRA) has selected Sizemore Group, an award-winning architecture firm based in Atlanta, to conduct a master planning study of the Oakland City-Fort McPherson area. Sizemore Group was selected because of the firm’s extensive experience with more than 30 successfully implementable Livable Centers Initiatives, enhancing livability through the planning and design of healthy transportation choices, lifelong communities and principals, and healthy attractive place making.

The study will build on previous Livable Centers Initiative studies, as well as other planning efforts in the area and substantial public engagement.

“There has been a lot of research and planning conducted for our study area in the past, yet have experienced little redevelopment, but we are focused on a plan that is realistic and doable right now” said Brian Hooker, Executive Director of Fort Mac LRA. “We are working with Sizemore Group because of their ability to provide us with a plan we can begin implementing right away, with the guidance and support of our community.”

The Oakland City/Fort McPherson Livable Centers Initiative study area includes 1,300 acres and is bounded roughly by Langford Parkway to the south; Sylvan Road, Dill Avenue, and Metropolitan Parkway to the east; the BeltLine Corridor to the north; and Peeples Street, Epworth Street, Campbellton Road, and Stanton Road to the west. The study area includes Sylvan Hills, Oakland City, Fort McPherson, and portions of Venetian Hills and Adair Park, represented by Neighborhood Planning Units S, R, and X. Oakland City and Fort McPherson MARTA stations, Fort McPherson, the Veterans’ Affairs Hospital at Fort McPherson, the future Tyler Perry Studios, the Kraft Foods Plant, the former State Farmer’s Market, Perkerson Elementary School, Finch Elementary School, Sylvan Hills Middle School, The Reverend James Orange Park, and the Atlanta BeltLine are also included.

“We are so honored to be chosen to lead the Oakland City/Fort McPherson LCI study. This neighborhood is brimming with potential, and we look forward to helping uncover the tools needed to take advantage of that,” said Bill de St. Aubin, CEO of Sizemore Group. “As is Sizemore Group’s mission with every project, we are excited to help Fort Mac LRA create a plan for an environment that celebrates the culture and history of the neighborhood and catalyzes the economic development needed.”

Sizemore is working alongside The Collaborative Firm, Noell Consulting, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Mack Cain Design at Travis Pruitt, and H.J. Russell on this exciting project.

About Sizemore Group
The Sizemore Group is an Atlanta-based architecture firm that broke ground in the 70s as an early proponent of energy efficiency through daylighting. The firm is uniquely designed to take projects from conception to completion, with services including planning, visual programming, facilities assessment, new building design, renovations/additions/reuse, and interiors. The Sizemore Group is dedicated to sustainable architecture and place making that serves the common good and inspires, as well as motivates.

About the Livable Centers Initiative
The LCI program, started by ARC in 1999, awards planning grants to local governments and nonprofit organizations to plan for enhancement of existing centers and corridors, and provides transportation infrastructure funding for projects in the resulting plans. Each LCI study includes land use, transportation, market analysis, and public outreach components. The Oakland City/Fort McPherson/ Study Area is one of the 2015 grant recipients.

About Fort Mac LRA:
Fort Mac LRA (the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority) is a local government agency created by the State of Georgia, owner of 145 acres of the former Fort McPherson and responsible for its quality reuse and catalytic redevelopment. Members of the Authority—nominated by the Mayor of Atlanta, the Mayor of East Point, or the Fulton County Commission and appointed by the Governor—provide leadership as we are broadly empowered to utilize a number of incentives and financing tools to enable investment, facilitate job training and housing rehabilitation programs, and otherwise work to achieve our economic development mandate. Fort Mac LRA works closely with partners, its surrounding community and neighbors to redevelop the site in a way that catalyzes economic development, revitalizes the area and empowers its community.

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