ATLANTA - When the U.S. Department of Defense's Base Realignment and Closure Commission announced that Fort McPherson in Atlanta would be closed, state and local officials moved swiftly to come up with plans to keep the sprawling military base from becoming an eyesore in the neighborhood.

The result is legislation that creates the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority. The state agency will have the power to issue revenue bonds to cover the costs of projects that will be undertaken as part of the base's planned transformation into a mixed-use community. Officials also hope to create a Bio-Science Center as part of the redevelopment effort.

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