Fort Gillem

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Fort Gillem
Forest Park, Georgia
1st Army.svg
First Army shoulder sleeve insignia
Coordinates 33°37′13″N 84°19′44″W / 33.6202°N 84.3289°W / 33.6202; -84.3289Coordinates: 33°37′13″N 84°19′44″W / 33.6202°N 84.3289°W / 33.6202; -84.3289
Type Army post
Site information
Controlled by U.S. Army
Site history
Built 1941
In use 1941-present
Garrison information
Garrison First Army

Fort Gillem is a United States Army military base located in Forest Park, Georgia, on the southeast edge of Atlanta in Clayton County. Founded in 1941, it was a satellite installation of nearby Fort McPherson. The base houses many different supply and support units, including the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory and the 3rd MP Group (CID), both units of the United States Army Criminal Investigation Command. It employs 456 active duty personnel, 1,663 Army reservist, and 1,667 civilians. In 1973, its 1,465 acres (5.93 km2) were annexed by Forest Park. The fort was named in the memory of Lieutenant General Alvan Cullom Gillem, Jr.. Lieutenant General Russel L. Honoré makes his home nearby.[citation needed]

Environmental contamination[edit]

Buried landfills have contaminated ground water under neighborhoods north and south of Gillem.[1] Inspectors will sample indoor air early summer 2014 for vapor intrusion.[1]

Base closure and redevelopment[edit]

On May 13, 2005, the Base Realignment and Closure commission recommended that Fort Gillem, along with Fort McPherson and the Navy Supply Corps School be closed.[2] An exit ceremony was held at Fort Gillem on June 3, 2011, and First Army troops stationed there were transferred to the Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island, Illinois.[2]

In 2012, after five years of negotiations with the Army, the City of Forest Park purchased 1,170 acres comprising most of the former Fort Gillem from the Army for $30 million, and ownership was transferred to the Forest Park/Fort Gillem Implementation Local Redevelopment Authority (ILRA).[3] City officials wanted mixed-use development on the property, but following the housing crash turned their focus to industrial, manufacturing, warehouse and business park development.[3] There are around 165 acres of contaminated groundwater on the site; under the 2012 agreement, the Army is responsible for the cleanup.[3] The development of the land is expected to take ten years.[3]

The Criminal Investigations Division Crime Lab, a forensic crime laboratory, remains open on a 250-acre enclave retained by the Army.[2][3]

On May 2, 2014 officials from the city and the Department of Defense under exclusion of the public held a ceremony at Fort Gillem to commemorate the impending move. The city is partnering with an unknown developer and hopes it will be booming again, when land re-enters the city and county’s tax digest and "companies such as Porsche North America [are] moving their headquarters to the Forest Park and Hapeville area".[4]

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  1. ^ a b Elliott, Richard (7 May 2014). "The U.S. Army soon to inspect neighborhoods for harmful vapors". WSB-TV Cox Media Group. Retrieved 10 May 2014. "The Georgia Environmental Protection Division said the landfills, which were buried there years ago, contain things like engine oil, cleaning solvents and rubber." 
  2. ^ a b c Fort Gillem, New Georgia Encyclopedia.
  3. ^ a b c d e Kathy Jefcoats,"Forest Park buys Fort Gillem for $30 million". Clayton News Daily. 13 January 13, 2012. 
  4. ^ Yeomans, Curt (2 May 2014). "Forest Park, Army celebrate impending Ft. Gillem transfer". Clayton News Daily. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 

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