Tyler Perry buying land in Douglas Co...

Tyler Perry buying land in Douglas County

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Since: May 12

Roswell, GA

#1 Mar 22, 2013
http://www.ajc.com/news/business/tyler-perry-...

A massive Douglas County property once slated for more than 1,300 residences has been sold to a company with apparent ties to entertainment mogul Tyler Perry.

The company, ETPC Company LLC, acquired 856 acres about eight miles southwest of Six Flags Over Georgia. The property is just south of Sweetwater Creek State Park and I-20.

What plans Perry might have for the property are unclear, but the parcel is far larger than the site of his production studio in southwest Atlanta near I-285 and Greenbriar Mall.

A publicist for Perry did not immediately return messages seeking comment. Douglas County and Douglasville officials have not returned messages either.

But the movie maker’s name has been bouncing around the Facebook message board of a nearby community, Tributary at New Manchester.

Sweetwater Creek State Park and the Tributary community are a hub of activity for families and haven for nature lovers, said Richard Segal, a resident of the neighborhood since 2006.

Tributary and Douglas County have been featured in films and TV before, including 2010’s “Killers” starring Ashton Kutcher.

“We’re no stranger to having Hollywood with us,” Segal said,
adding that Perry would “fit right in.”

Perry, an actor, movie and TV producer and director famous for projects including his Madea film series, has also been a real estate investor.

He has recently taken on more work, including a partnership with Oprah Winfrey in her OWN cable channel, and a starring role in the 2012 film “Alex Cross,” based on the protagonist in several James Patterson novels.

The Douglasville property was once slated for a development called the Villages at Riverview and is about 20 miles west of downtown Atlanta. It is zoned for mixed-use development, and the original plans called for 1,095 houses, 325 townhouses and 14 acres of commercial space, according to marketing material on the property.

The original project stalled, and the acreage was ordered to be
liquidated under the terms of a bankruptcy. The property was appraised at one point for more than $20 million. ETPC Company acquired it for $5.4 million.

ETPC Company shares the same principal office address and suite number of Tyler Perry Studios LLC and Tyler Perry Studios Casting on 10th Street in west Midtown, according to documents on the Secretary of State and Georgia Department of Economic Development websites.

Perry’s southwest Atlanta studio opened in 2008 and includes five sound stages, a 400-seat theater and post-production facilities, according to its website.

Barbara Laughlin, an executive with the Tributary community, said she had no knowledge of the land sale, but she hopes that whatever comes there benefits local restaurants and merchants.

The neighborhood has “a little city feel without the traffic or crime” of a larger city, she said.“It’s kinda groovy.”

Bull Realty represented a bankruptcy trust for the Douglasville land sale.

Rob Whitmire, a senior vice president with Bull Realty, said he could not confirm nor deny any connection to Perry. Perry was not involved in any negotiations, and representatives of the buyer did not discuss any potential plans for the site or say who the members of the purchasing company were
The agent for the buyer declined to comment.

News of the land purchase follows reporting this week by the Savannah Morning News that Medient Studios, an independent film company, wants to construct a studio in Effingham County along I-16 near Savannah. The $90 million project, if approved by local authorities, would include a production facility for movies and video games.

Last month, a group of metro Atlanta investors submitted a plan to build a massive film complex in northern Fayette County. The group, Rivers Rock LLC, said it was in talks with London’s famed Pinewood Studios Group to run the complex.
Wormwood Estates

Atlanta, GA

#2 Mar 22, 2013
Kinda groovy?
billy

Carrollton, GA

#3 Mar 22, 2013
I dont think its any of your business what someone is going to do with property.If you want to complain , BUY IT and you can do whatever you want with it.If its not yours, then shut the hell up and let the man do whatever he wants with it

Since: May 12

Alpharetta, GA

#4 Mar 22, 2013
billy wrote:
I dont think its any of your business what someone is going to do with property.If you want to complain , BUY IT and you can do whatever you want with it.If its not yours, then shut the hell up and let the man do whatever he wants with it
Are you addressing me? All that I did was put up a newspaper article that I thought might interest people here because we live in Douglas County. I was not complaining in the least.
tired of trysts

United States

#6 Mar 22, 2013
trystme wrote:
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Are you addressing me? All that I did was put up a newspaper article that I thought might interest people here because we live in Douglas County. I was not complaining in the least.
You're not complaining for once?

Since: May 12

Douglasville, GA

#7 Mar 23, 2013
tired of trysts wrote:
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You're not complaining for once?
Why would you be tired of something that you never get?

Since: Mar 11

Location hidden

#8 Mar 25, 2013
Well what ever it is I hope it create jobs for Douglas county.

“Liberals are closet raaacists!”

Since: Nov 08

Location hidden

#9 Mar 25, 2013
If Tyler would dress up and act like Madea, I would make him dinner. I LOVE Madea. Everyone needs a Madea in their family.
Mark

Douglasville, GA

#10 Apr 1, 2013
I'm complaining ..... it Perry does build a studio there it will only continue the downward spiral that Douglas County has been going through the last 20 years.....Alabama is looking better (and a helluva lot cheaper) every day.

Since: Mar 11

Location hidden

#11 Apr 2, 2013
Mark wrote:
I'm complaining ..... it Perry does build a studio there it will only continue the downward spiral that Douglas County has been going through the last 20 years.....Alabama is looking better (and a helluva lot cheaper) every day.
How would building a studio put Douglas County in a downward spiral. I would think creating more jobs in DC would help not hurt. The jobs the studio would create would be great. It won't just be min wage fast food or retail jobs. More jobs in the area would help to raise property values as well
Mark

Douglasville, GA

#12 Apr 2, 2013
NYC718 wrote:
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How would building a studio put Douglas County in a downward spiral. I would think creating more jobs in DC would help not hurt. The jobs the studio would create would be great. It won't just be min wage fast food or retail jobs. More jobs in the area would help to raise property values as well
I think it was a great misservice to the people of New Orleans IPerry's hometown) when he decided to build his empire in Georgia.....anyone remember Hurricane Katrina ? Perry could have done wonders there.....therein lies much of the reason I take issue.

Since: Mar 11

Location hidden

#13 Apr 3, 2013
Mark wrote:
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I think it was a great misservice to the people of New Orleans IPerry's hometown) when he decided to build his empire in Georgia.....anyone remember Hurricane Katrina ? Perry could have done wonders there.....therein lies much of the reason I take issue.
Oh ok I agree with that. It would have been a lot of help to New Orleans but this is a free country and people can start their business any where they want.

While I do understand what you are saying about New Orleans I still think this is a good thing for Douglas County.
Jeff

Douglasville, GA

#14 Apr 3, 2013
I like it. They could have bring a brotha to work day and support the local homies.

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