Where is the future Atlanta Police Training Center located in DeKalb County?

Here is an explanation of the properties in question.

The site of the training center: 561 Key Road

  • 300 acres of woodland located in southwestern DeKalb County but owned by the City of Atlanta.
  • Former site of a prison farm. Currently hosts some police training activities, including a firing range.
  • Leased in September 2021 to the Atlanta Police Foundation, which plans to build a $90 million public safety training facility on approximately 85 acres.
  • DeKalb County doesn’t really have a say in what happens at the site, outside of approving the necessary land disturbance permits.
  • As of August 8, these permits were still pending.
  • Self-proclaimed ‘forest defenders’ have taken up residence for months protesting the plan, sometimes in extreme or violent ways

Land Swap Property: 3251 West Side Place

  • 40 wooded acres on the northwest corner of Constitution Road and West Side Place.
  • Longtime home for the South River trailhead of Intrenchment Creek Park.
  • Obtained by Blackhall Real Estate Phase II LLC and Ryan Millsap, the founder of Blackhall Studios, in a 2021 land swap with DeKalb County. The county received three parcels farther north that it plans to use to create a more contiguous Michelle Obama Park.
  • Although the swap has been finalized, it is also the subject of a lawsuit filed by the South River Watershed Alliance and the South River Forest Coalition.
  • Millsap obtained the property in order to develop it, but its current plans are unclear.
  • Millsap sold Blackhall Studios, which has an existing campus south of Constitution Road, to a private equity firm in April 2021.
  • The “defenders of the forest” have also targeted this property

The Real Movie Studio: 1415 Constitution Road

  • Existing campus of Shadowbox Studios, formerly known as Blackhall Studios.
  • Works since 2017.
  • Now owned by Commonwealth Asset Management, a Los Angeles-based investment firm.
  • Operates nine sound studios for film and television production
  • Has plans for a big expansion on the neighboring property

The Shadowbox expansion site: 3600 International Park Drive

  • 155 undeveloped acres south of the existing Shadowbox campus
  • Studio plans massive expansion that would make it Georgia’s largest film production site
  • Officials say it would also mark the biggest investment ever in southern DeKalb County.
  • The Decide DeKalb Development Authority approved a major incentive package in April that includes $34 million in conventional tax relief in addition to a $34 million “infrastructure credit.”

August 9, 2022 Atlanta – An aerial photograph shows the site of the proposed Atlanta Public Safety Training Center on the site of the former Atlanta Prison Farm in Atlanta on Tuesday, August 9, 2022. Key Road shows in the foreground . A growing number of Southeast Atlanta neighborhoods are speaking out against the proposal to build a massive training facility for police and firefighters on wooded land in DeKalb County. (Hyosub Shin / [email protected])

Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

August 9, 2022 Atlanta – An aerial photograph shows the site of the proposed Atlanta Public Safety Training Center on the site of the former Atlanta Prison Farm in Atlanta on Tuesday, August 9, 2022. Key Road shows in the foreground . A growing number of Southeast Atlanta neighborhoods are speaking out against the proposal to build a massive training facility for police and firefighters on wooded land in DeKalb County. (Hyosub Shin / [email protected])

Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

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