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Lawsuit backfires Tyler Perry's Fort McPherson purchase

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Atlanta Director/Producer Tyler Perry has entered into an exclusive agreement with McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority (MILRA) to purchase 346 acres of Fort McPherson property for $33 million.

However, a civil lawsuit could backfire Perry’s proposed Fort McPherson acquisition.

Attorneys for Ubiquitous Entertainment Studios (UES) alleged the company has been planning a “movie studio entertainment complex” on the 2011 closed Atlanta army post for several years.

According to the civil lawsuit filed in federal court in July 2014, Ubiquitous Entertainment Studios (UES) negotiated Fort McPherson purchase was temporarily delayed, until the civilian authority MILRA wholly owned the property.

Ubiquitous Entertainment Studios (UES) civil lawsuit states: “In effect, MILRA confirmed an exclusive franchise or property interest in the Ft. McPherson property to Perry and (Tyler Perry Studios) on a non-bid, non-request for proposal basis, with no advance notice to give UES and other potential property developers an opportunity to compete for this real estate development.”

The civil lawsuit filed in Atlanta federal court names U.S. Army, other federal agencies, MILRA, Tyler Perry and his company as defendants.

Jack Sprott, MILRA Executive Director, reportedly said his agency has not been served the lawsuit.

Tyler Perry Studios representatives reportedly declined to comment on the pending civil lawsuit.

Last month Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed proudly disclosed details about Perry’s 346 acres Fort McPherson acquisition.

Atlanta will acquire nearly 125 acres from this mega real estate transaction at virtually no cost to the city, according to Mayor Reed.

“Today’s unanimous vote by the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority to begin negotiations with Tyler Perry Studios for the acquisition of a significant Fort McPherson property is an important step forward in the long-term economic and social sustainability of the base and its surrounding communities,” Mayor Reed reportedly said. “Over the course of the next thirty days, the city will remain actively engaged in a robust conversation about the future of the property.”

Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves, board member of the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority (MILRA), adamantly believes adjoining Tyler Perry Studios within the East Point area would become a first constructive step toward economic redevelopment, since the Atlanta military base closed in 2011.

Perry has renovated two former Delta Airlines affiliated buildings to construct Tyler Perry Studios adjacent to the Greenbriar Mall area of Atlanta in 2009.

Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act grants a tax incentive of 30% for films produced within the state of Georgia.

The Georgia Department Of Economic Development comprehensive fiscal report states the economic impact of films produced within the state of Georgia in 2012 was $3.5 billion.

Although Tyler Perry Studios has to overcome some legal hurdles, the 346 acres Fort McPherson purchase to build television and movie studios is another major step toward making Atlanta “Hollywood Of The South.”

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