ATLANTA, GA (CNN) -- The city of Atlanta has given director Tyler Perry the green light to build a studio at a former Army base Fort McPherson.
Perry is spending $30 million to buy the land and a $100 million to expand his current studio space.
Atlanta's mayor sees this as a job creation opportunity, but some residents are skeptical. Perry says his studio will be not be a distraction for people living in the area. Perry said, "I think that is probably a myth of what the studio is, because studios are really low-key and quiet, and I think everybody over at Greenbriar can tell you, we've been great neighbors."
Perry's movie studio will take over nearly three-quarters of the Army post that the government closed three years ago.