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Closed post to become research spot

POSTED: September 27, 2007 5:03 a.m.
ATLANTA (AP) _ The state plans to ask the Army for a 115-acre parcel of the closing Fort McPherson base to create a scientific research park, state and local officials announced on Tuesday.
In 2005, the U.S. Department of Defense voted to close Fort McPherson and more than 180 installations nationwide under the Base Closure and Realignment Commission. The redevelopment plans were due this month and must be implemented by Sept. 15, 2011.
Founded in 1889 as the first permanent Army installation in the Southeast, Fort McPherson is headquarters of the U.S. Army Forces Command, Third U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Reserve Command. The 488-acre military facility is Atlanta’s seventh largest employer, where more than 4,200 active duty soldiers, Army Reservists and civilians work.
The proposed research park is part of an overall redevelopment plan for the base that was approved on Tuesday by the McPherson Planning Local Redevelopment Authority and will be formally submitted to the U.S. Army and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development by Sept. 22.
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