published Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Group aims to turn dormant GA Army post into logistics hub

FOREST PARK, Ga. — A dormant Army post near Atlanta will soon be transferred to a civilian group that hopes to remake it into a logistics hub that employs thousands.

A redevelopment authority will take control of about half the 1,400-acre site in Forest Park on May 2.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that it is the first phase in a total land transfer of 1,168 acres, with the rest going into civilian hands later this year once long-delayed environmental cleanup is completed.

Authority chief Fred Bryant said a distribution company is expected to close on 320 acres at the military post on May 2 as well and plans a $100 million, state-of-the-art distribution facility. Bryant said the facility would open in the fall of 2015 with about 750 to 1,000 jobs.

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