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Box 18, Folder 24, Document 32

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  • Text: CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR URBAN RENEWAL OFFICE OF THE MAYOR CITY HALL-ATLANTA, GA. 30303 PHONE !524-2745 ROBERT L. SOMMERVILLE CHAIRMAN WILLIAM S. HOWLAND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MRS. EVELYN 00005 SECRETARY March 3, 1967 Dear Executive Committee Member ACHTUNG ! As our German friends put it, Or in American Navy terms, 11 NOW HEAR THIS! 11 Our March meeting is postponed one week, from Wednesday, March 15, to Wednesday, March 22, at the same hour - 2 p. m., in the same place Fulton Federal Savings Directors Room. Chairman Sommerville and I have not worked out the full program, but our lead-off speaker will be Les (Lester Herman) Persells, who says he now has his organizational ducks all in line for pushing Atlanta's urban renewal program. That is what he is going to talk about. All of us who have hear d him previously know that he will present some inter esting and stimulating facts and figu r es. Chairman S ommervill e and I a r e looking forwa rd to m eeting wit h you on March 2 2. Sincerely, . ll!/hu-t ( }/r1kw~ William S. Howland WSH•• bea �
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Box 18, Folder 24, Document 34

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  • Text: ATLANTA DIVISION E . A . YA TE S . JR. VICE PR ESID E N T 15 FORSYTH STREET. S. W. February 1, 1967 Dear Ivan: Thank you for your kind invitation to become a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee for Urban Renewal, under the leaders hip of Chairman Bob Sommerville . I accept this appointment with pleasure and hope that I can carry on the fine example set by George Brodnax. Sincerely yours, Cf~ E. A. Yates, Jr. Honorable Iva n Allen, Jr . Mayor City of Atlanta City Hall Atlanta, G e orgia 30303 �
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Box 18, Folder 24, Document 35

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  • Text: January 12, 1967 Mr . Eugene A . Yates, Jr ., Vice President Georgia Po r Company Box 4525 Atlanta, Georgia Dear G ne: At the suggestion of Chairman Bob Sommerville,. I would like to invite you most cordially to become a member of the· Citizens Advisory Commit.tee for Urban Renewal. A you doubtless kno ., Geor e Brodnax wa a highly valued member of thi committ e for a .i.number of years prior to his xetl rement last month. I hope that you will be able to ace pt this ppointment ith thi important com.mitt and carry on th tradition of b d pful dvice and coop ration that s be n e t bll hed by Geol'gia Po er. Sincerely your , Iv n Allen, Jr. �
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Box 18, Folder 24, Document 41

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Box 18, Folder 24, Document 6

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  • Text: lf{H(E lR[E[NfEW[R NEWSLETTER OF THE CITIZENS AbV1SORY COMMITTEE FOR URBAN RENEWAL Vol. 5 No. 10 Atlanta, Georgia November 1967 CHARTER PUTS OUR CORPORATION IN BUSINESS TO IMPLEMENT $96, 000 221-H ALLOCATION At our executive committee meeting, Nov. 21, Attorney Hugh Peterson, Jr. presented a prestigious document, bearing the gold sealsof the State of Georgia and the Superior Court of Fulton County. Said the first page of the document: "I, Ben Fortson, Jr., Secret ary of State .of the State of Georgia, do hereby certify that "The Citizens Advisory Committee f or Urban Renewal Rehabilitation Corporation, Inc. was on the sixth day of November, 1967, duly incorporated under the laws of' the state of Georgia by the Superior Court of Fulton County for a period of thirty five years from said date." This document went on to list the incorporators as Robert L. Sommerville, William S. Howland, H. W. Whitman, Harold Arnold, Herbert Waldrip, Mrs. Grace Hamilton, Percy Hearle and Harold Davis. It then set forth the corporation's purposes saying "Said corporation is and shall be organized and operated exclusively for the purpose of assisting in the developm:eilt of projects, undertakings, studies and other activities by itself or in cooperation with local government and civic bodies and other corporations and associations for the elimination of slums, blight and blighting influences and to aid, assist and foster the planning, development, renewal and improvement of the metropolitan, Atla nta, Georgia, area, all for the primary purpose of combatting community deterioration and securing adequate housing, community facilities and related facilities for the general welfare of the community. 11 The document further stated 11 no part of the principal funds or income of the corporation shall ever inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual or beneficiary, or revert to any donor or to the estate or heirs of any donor and no part of its activities shall ever be carrying on propaganda or otherwis e attempting to influence legislation or participating in or intervening in (including the publishing or distributing of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office : 11 The document included an order by Superior Court Judge Jack B. Etheridge gr anting the charter. As Attorney Peterson handed the papers to Chairman Sommerville, he said, with a srr.,ile, 11 Now we'll get a seal for the cor. poration if I can just get all those letters on one. 1 1 The essence of all the words a nd seals a nd signatures on the papers which made up the blue bound document is that what is known as a "legal entity has been created to put into action the $96, 000 221 H grant allocated in response to our committee's application. Summed up Mr. Peterson: "The corporation is now in business. Application for tax exemption has been sent to the Internal Revenue Service. I understand that the committee rec eived the g rant even before the corporation was or ganized, so now e verything is ready to r oll when t ax exemption approval is rec eiv ed. 11 On the afternoon prior to our Nov. 21 executive committee meeting, our new non profit corporation, the Citizens Advisory Committee for Urban Renewal Rehabilitatio n Corporation, Inc. met with Attorne y Hu gh Peterson, Jr. to com plete its organization. All eight inc orporators, as listed previously, were nam.ed trustees of the new corporation. In turn the quorum present e lected two officers to carry on the corporation's work. Officers are Robert L. Sommerville, pr esident and chairm an, William S. Howland, secret a ry-treasurer. It was also decided that CACURRCI will hold regular monthly meetings on the same date as the monthly me etings o f our c omrnittee. CACURRCIORGANIZESSE LF, INCORPORATORS NAMED TRUSTEES, OFFICERS ARE CHOSEN Acceptin 6 the charter documents, Chairman Somn,e rville explaine d that the approv al of a $9 6 , 000 221 H g rant for our committee specifies t hat the new corporation will rehabilitate e i ght dwellings. He pointed out that the 6 rant calls for the pur .. chase, rehabilitation and resal e of this number of structures. NEW CORPORATION WILL REHABILITATE EIGHT STRUCTURES, CHAIRMAN POINTS OUT �-2The Atlanta Housing Authorit y h as ag:teed to as sist CACURRCI in locating the structures, he added. Said Mr. Sommerville " Thi s numoer of str uc t ures - ei g ht_ may s ee m sn--.all, but the idea will spte ad. 11 FHA OFFICIAL OUTLINES PROCEDURES FOR PUTTING OUR CORPORATION T O WORK Followin 6 delivery of our new corporation's charter, Otis Haire, FHA real estate evaluator assi 6 ned to t h e 2 21 H pro g ram in Geor gia, outlined to the executive comn _ittee the procedure by w hi ch the $9 6, 000 g rant allocated to our proJect will be put to work. Mr. Haire first pointed out that 21 applications for 221 H grants so far had been m ade in the state , fou r of these in Atlanta. He expressed the hope that our com n, ittee's plan to rehabilit ate ei 6 ht houses will spur ,; rowth to include several hundr ed units. Said he "Ex pansion br ick by uric K, house by house, street by street, nei;shborhood by neig h oo r hood is the only w ay this can be done . It serves a two fold purpose - - .;; etting rid of dilapidated houses and up 6 radin g people as well as structures . ' ' First step for CACURRCI w ill De to review rehabilitation. requirements with the city buildin,;; inspe c t o r 's office, he pointed out. This is essential, Decause a work . wr ite-up itemizing d eficiencies from foundation to roof will De required for each structure. Next p oint i s that all rehabilitation in one project must be carried out by one contracto r, chos e n fr om competitive bids . The contractor will stipulate the exact price , after whi c h 2 0 per cent of the fee will De held back until all rehabilitation is completed . This i s i n lieu of a performance bond . Upon co rnpletion of repairs, individual apprai s als will l> e m ade . The a r.:, ount of loan ~~ ranted will vary with re 0 ard to the size of fami lies and other factors . After completing the initial paper work and other prelim inarie s , the CACURRCI's next step will b e to m ake financial arran 6 ements with l o cal l e n di ng ins t ituti ons for acquisition of properties After houses are rehabilitate d a nd sold , F HA will pick up the tab. ivi r . Haire also pointed out that FHA has certain s t i pul ations about the types of houses to be purchased and repaired. For example, s o calle d " shotgun houses ' ' will not be approved . The speaker also urged that at lea s t 16 t o 20 houses De considered for choice of the initial ei ght for the project, oe c ause frequently app roval difficulties are encountered . In a di scuss i on followi n 6 j\ '. r. Haire's talk, 1'. frs . Grace Harr.ilton asked if there were any re s tric ti ons o n location of the ei J ht units. J c,hn F. Thigpen , Director, (Georgia) . Depar t ment of H ousing a nd Urban Development, Federal Housin~ Administration, replied that any area w ithin t he city could ue used for location . Mr. Haire added that location of any pr o j ec t w ithin a two mile radius was desirable both from the corporation's viewpoint and tha t o f the cont ractor. In reply to a question from l\ ,rs. Doris Lockerman, abo ut value of hou ses , Chair m an Somm erville pointed out that the total ~rant of $ 9 6, 000 would i ndicat e a value of $12 , 000 per house . Two groups of houses were brought to the attention of the new corporation by James Henl e y of the Atlanta Housing Authority . One is located east of Glen Iris Drive and south of the Sear s stor e. These are on Rankin, \Vilr.i er and Dallas Streets. The other group is in an are a bounded by McDonough, Lakewood and Carver Hoines. Mr. Henley pointed out t hat no individual houses had been designated but that preliminary surveys indicated tha t th e houses were in a purchase price ran g e of $4, 500 to $8, 000, with repair estimate s ran g in 6 from $2, 000 to $4, 000. Said he: " The houses appear to need considerabl e rep a i r w ork, but are not beyond rehabilitation . They also appear to be owner occupi e d , sing le fam ily dw ellin 5 s " . Mr . Henley emphasized that the Housing Authority woul d be deli 6 hted to do all within its power to assist CACURRCI. In an ensuing Q & A session, A. B . Padgett asked Dan E . Sweat , city director of 6 ov ernmental liaison , if th e n ew corporation would help the city's model city pro g ram (for which Atlanta had rece n t ly r eceived federal approval) by choosing homes in that area . Mr . Sweat replied t hat this would definitely be of assistance, but that since considerabl e time would be re qui r ed before definite model city plans could be made, h e su oo ·., 7e sted that CACURRCI u•YO ahead w ith its pro -z r a m in other areas. In reply to a question about whether churches wer e s how ing interest in 221-H, M r . Haire said that a Sunday School clas s at the Sec ond P once d e Leon Baptist Chu r ch had called a meeting to di s cuss participation . In reply t o a n other question about tim e lim its for a project, Mr. Haire said a t otal of 00 days w ould be allotted- - 30 days for choosin6 a site, 30 days for naming a contractor . AHA SUGGESTS TW O GROUPS OF HOUSES FOR NEW C ORPORA TION TO CONSIDER �- 3As the discussion ended , FHA .Housin 6 and Uroan Development Director Thi g pen remarked that his or g anization is so pleased with our participating in the 221 H pro g ram that he is assi 6 ning two of his top assistants to work with CACURRCI. BEDFORD-PINE LEADERS SEEKING TO EXPEDITE PARK THERE , CHAIRMA N WA LDRIP REPORTS A nun 1ber of leaders of the Bedford- Pine ur oan renewal project area m et Nov.20 . with mer.. bers of the Board of Aldermen and representatives of the Atlanta Hou s ing Author ity to discuss how a park for that area could be speeded up, Herbert W aldrip, chairman of our Bedford-Pine associate comr,. ,ittee told the executive comn--ittee Said 1\-i.r. 1,V aldrip - " The property for a park (adJoinin 6 the new C . W. Hill School) has been cleared for a year and the people in the community hate to see another sumn !er come around with no recreational facilities for the children there . " Mr. Waldr ip pointed out that the Nov . 20 meeting was told that the Board of Education was holdin g up development of a park and that another meeting to include representation from the Board of Education will be scheduled shortly, but that he feared that it would be June before any action on a park would ~et under way. NOTE -- The day following our executive com m ittee meeting , Director Howland, who attended the Bedford-Pine meeting, arranged for Mr. Waldrip to confer with Mayor Allen and also with Dr. Darwin Womack, assistant superintendent for scnool plant plannin 6 and construction , about the need for action on a Bedford- Pine park . CHAIRMAN EXPRESSES APPRECIATION OF DR . CLEMENT'S NOTABLE SERVICES At the Nov . 21 meetin 6 , Chairman Somn, er ville expressed our com.rr:ittee's r eJret on the death of Dr. Rufus B . Clement, a long time :.:r,.e ;:n,.ler Said Mr. Sor"11ne rville: " Dr Clement was seldorn able to attend n,eetings, uut no rn.eL : ber w or '.(ed harder to help our comrc ittee and the subco1nn . ittees on which he served achieve their purposes. I never k new a man r: ,ore g entle in speech nor n,ore powerful in 6 etting thin31:, done . If you asked Dr Clement to do something, I know of nobody who w ould 6 0 to m ore trouble to help you. " FINA L GIP STUDIES BEING EVALUATED, DIRECTOR ALDRIDGE TELLS COiv1MITTEE Before year's end, final surveys and report·s of the GIP are due to be received .for evaluation, Direc t or Geor 6 e Aldridge reported to our executive comn:ittee . He added that since many of these will have to be submitted to comn ittees for review, he probably will not be able to present a full report until our January· meeting. CITIZEN PARTICIPATION M AJOR ELEMENT IN MO DEL CITY PROGRAM, SWEAT EXPLAINS Active citizen participation is among maJor requirements of the model city program in which Atlanta is one of the first 6 3 cities to receive a federal grant, Dan E . Sweat, Jr . , city director of 6 overnmental liaison, emphasized in an updatin~ talk to our executive comm ittee Nov. 21. Althou 6 h Atlanta will receive only $152, 000 out of the $500, 0 90 plannin;:s fund requested, the city probably will obtain another $7 4, 000 for m odel city purposes, :r,t r . Sweat said . This latter amount is being reserved in the Corrn.,unity Ir. .provement Program funds . The city m ust show need for it in the model city pro 6 rarn. Mr. Sweat delineated the model city area as comprising 3, 000 acres in the southern section of the city, oounded on the north uy Interstate 20, on the west by Lee Street, and on the south and east by the railroad belt line. Althou 6 h comprisin.:;; only 3. 7 per cent of the city land area, the model city site includes 1 . 5 per cent of the total population , on a 75 per cent Negro, 25 per cent white basis. As reasons for its c h oice for the model city pro 6 ram, l\·~r . Sweat showed that this area includes 8 3 per cent of the t otal housi ng units, but 20 per cent of these are substandard Also it includes 11 . 3 per cent of the city's illiterates and 20 per cent of the population with inc omes under $3, 000 per year. Une m ployment rate is 5 1/2 per cent as compared with the city wide rate of 3 1/2 per cent . All in all, the area represents 20 to 25 per cent of the city's major problems . M r Sweat also i.)riefly outlined the rnethods by which th e l\ : odel city pro g ram will ue adm.inistered . Top direction will oe provided by a project executive board, consisting of policy .::r..a1cin 6 officials NOTE- - On Nov . 22, M ayor Allen and other city officials conferred with Re g ional HUD Administrator Ed Baxter and other re c:,,1ional federal officials involved in i m ple1nenting the model city program, Our comr. 1ittee was represented i.;, y Director Howland . FULL COMMITTEE MEETING -- TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19-DETAILS LATER. �
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Box 18, Folder 24, Document 12

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  • Text: CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR URBAN RENEWAL OFFICE OF THE MAYOR CITY HALL-ATLANTA, GA. 30303 PHONE !524-2745 ROBERT L. SOMMERVILLE CHAIRMAN WILLIAM S. HOWLAND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MRS . EVELYN DODDS -- - �
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Box 18, Folder 24, Document 21

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  • Text: lf lH!!E IREIN[E\1\/EIR NEWSLETTER OF THE Cl Tl ZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR URBAN RENEWAL Vol, 5 No. 6 Atlanta, Georgia June 1967 DETERMINED TO KEEP FAITH VllTH BEDFORD-PINE Despite the difficulties PEOPLE ON HOUSING; PERSELLS ASSURES COMMlTTEE of obtaining federal . approval for public housing in "racially identifiable" areas_; the Atlanta Housing Authority is determined to keep faith with the people of the Bedford. Pine area and install housing there, That was the assurance given our executive coinmittee by Lester H. Persells, AHA redevelopment director, in a discussi9n following an updating summary of the far fro~ rosy housing picture given by Gilbert Boggs, AHA director of housing, Said 1\1-i, Persells: 11 The policy bf HUD and the Public Housing Administratioh is that they do not choose to finance housing in 'racially identifiable' areas, bu~ housing will be built in the Bedford-Pine area. The federal agencies are not delaying us, Vl e are going full steam aheaa. v.~e are going to keep our faith with the Bedford-Pine people. " In answer to a question from Herbert Y!aldrip, chairman of the Bedford.Pine associate citizens advisory committee, as to what action would be taken if the federal agencies refuse to finance housing in the area, Persells replied, "They are not going to say No." FECERAL DECISION ON BEDFORD. PINE V.' ILL HAVE BEARING ON OTHER AREAS Mr. Persells further pointed out that there is talk that no more public housing can be built in the western two thirds of Atlanta because it is " racially identifiable" since it has a large percentage of Negro population. Asked he: 11 How can you write off 6 6 and Z / 3 per cent of the population? 11 He then pointed out that in urban renewal areas the population seemed always to be almost 100 per cent white or almost 100 per cent Negro. Said he: The Bedford-Pine area is also 'racially identifiable' as almost 100 per cent Negro. But these people want to remain there in better living conditions." He added that the Bedford-Pine application had been delayed for some time while federal agencies are considering this problem. He also mentioned that the conditions in Nash-Bans and Model City areas are shnilar to those in Bedford. Pine. Accordingly, the federal answer to the Bedford-Pine application will have bearing on these projects. Mr. Persells also added that, in the two year program emb1·acing more than 9, 000 housing units, from ten to 25 different sites will be required, He made the final point that our committee could be of service in encouraging the federal and city governments to locate low rent housing in various sections of Atlanta. In discussing the immediate housing efforts, Mr. Boggs said that emphasis was being placed on the new turnkey plan, but that turn downs on sites by the regional HUD office were slowing progress, He explained that tentative approval had been given to four sites which would provide room for 1,125 units, but six sites which would have provided for 1, 650 units had been rejected. Summed up Mr. Boggs, Vi e are continuing to submit sites, V.'e are hopeful that we can produce the housing that is needed. Y.' e can provide more housing more quickly under the turnkey program, but we face another difficulty because such housing is not approved unless the costs are ten per cent under costs for other housing." A final point made by Mr. Boggs was that applications have been filed for 500 mol'e units of leased public housing. SITES APPROVED F OR 1,125 UNITS, BUT SIX FOR 1, 650 ARE TURNED DOWN In a question and ans'Ver exchange, Edgar Schukraft urged that 300 additional units for the elderly be constructed adjoining the John O. Chiles building. He also suggested that churches should join in sponsoring apartments. Executive Committeeman Calloway sounded a note of optimism, saying that Atlanta is now realistically facing the housing problem which has been building up over several years. Said he, "We have the spirit now and it is the .spirit that will conquer. 11 �- 2- U.S. POLICY, ZONING AND AVAILABLE LAND DISRUPT HOUSING EFFORT, JONES DECLARES Asked by Chairman Sommerville to comment . on the crash program on housing, Col. Malcolm D_ . jones, housing resources coordinator, linked zoning and availability of land with federal policy as having disruptive efforts. He explained that on the previous day the Housing Resources Committee had asked the City Planning Department to furnish a list of tracts of land embracing five or more acres that could be zoned for multiple family housing. Col. Jones also pointed out that the present trend was toward cooperative housing. Chairman Sommerville requested Col. Jones to update our committee at the July meeting. COMMITTEE INSTRUCTS CHAIRMAN TO ASK Following Col. Jones' MAYOR TO EXPEDITE AVAILABLE LAND LIST talk, the executive · committee adopted a re solution requesting Chairman Sommerville to wri!:e Mayor Allen asking that the information on available land tracts be expedited. Mr. Sommerville said he would do so promptly, CITY COUNTING ON FEDERAL AID TO EXPAND SUMMER RECREATION PROGRAM, DIRECTOR SAYS Atlanta again is counting on financial help from the federal government to enable it to step up its recreatioh program to meet the extra needs of the summer season, Miss Virginia Carmichael, city director of recreation, explained to our executive committee June 21. Said she: "For many years, Atlanta has carried on a very fine all year recreation program for all ages, but our funds are insufficient to meet the extra needs for the summer. Last year we received funds from the federal government which made it possible for us to expand our regular progra1n in such ways as leasing and staffing playlots and "operation champ" areas. '\'/ e were able to conduct an all around program, including picnics, tours to industries, to ball games and many other activities. So last year we had one of the best summer programs we ever had. We received $25, 000 for an intensive swimming instruction program. This reached more than 20, 000 children, 12, 000 of whom were taught to swim. But all these funds were cut off on Labor Day, so since then we have had to carry on the playlots out of regular funds. Now we have gone to the federal government again. While we have not heard from them yet, we are going ahead on faith. Vl e plan to operate and staff 25 play lots and 22 champ areas. Last year, we did not get the word until July 4, but we had gotten ready and so we went into operation on July 6. We can do that again. " In the questions and answers that followed Miss Carmichael's talk, it was brought out that the Metropolitan Foundation of which Executive Committeeman A. B. Padgett is director had been most helpful in sustaining a residence camp for children at Lake Allatoona. Miss Carmichael also stressed the success achieved by four portable swimming pools obtained with $30, 000 given by the Rich Foundation. These are being operated in "hard core" areas and may be loaned to the school department after the summer season. Summed up Chairm.an Sommerville: "The donation of four portable swimming pools is not a small thing at all, but it was done at the time it was needed. If things like this can be done when there is need, a great deal can be accomplished. " In the discussion there were also several comments regarding the city's prompt action to improve conditions in the Dixie Hills area following the recent disturbances there. Said Mr. Calloway: "Agitators always pick areas which present them with an opportunity to 'get the show on the road'. Let us give thought to providing facilities immediately in areas where we know they are needed. 11 Commented Chairman Sommerville "I wish the city could avoid putting itself in the light of r ushing bulldozers to work after these incidents. It's ridiculous. If we know of these places, let's put our fingers on the m and b e in there doing something before incidents happen. 11 FEDERAL FUNDS NOW SEEM ASSURED Two days after our meeting, city recreation officials rec e ive d unofficial word tha t the requested federal financial assistance would be forthcoming. Accordingly, t h e expa nded summer program outline d by Miss Carmichael seems assured . �-3There was no bias or d1scrimination in the awarding of the Rockdale redevelopment contract to David Rosen Associates, Executive Committeeman T. M. · Alexander, Sr., reported at the J-tine 2J me~ting. Mr. Alexande:t 1 chairman of our special subcommittee on redevelopment proposals, explained that the developer's plans made good use of the land taking into consideration the entrances, exits and transportation. He also pointed out that the Urtion Baptist Church has become affiliated as a sponsor. NO BIAS IN AWARD ON ROCKDALE, LAND USE GOOD, COMMITTEE IS TOLD MEMBERS OF NATIONAL TEACHERS INSTITUTE TAKEN ON TOUR OF PROJE CTS AND MODEL CITY More than 40 elementary school teachets from all over the U. S. were guests of our committee on a tour of urban renewal projects and the model neighborhood target area June 22. The teachers were attending a National Defense Educational Association Institute at Emory University. Since all are engaged in instructing disadvantaged children in mathematics, one of the objects of the institute is to obtain first hand observation of the kinds of environments in which such children reside. It was pointed out that this enables the teachers to emphasize the sociological concept in their classes. The institute is directed by Dr. Dora Helen Skypeck, of the Emory faculty. Arrangements for the tour were made by Dr. Ann Grant, of the Morehouse sociology faculty, who is working with the institute. Mrs. Margret Ross, Atlanta Housing Authority information officer, and Wilson McClure, West End project director, acted as 11 barkers II on the bus. At the luncheon stop at Paschall' s restaurant, Executive Director Howland spoke briefly, explaining our committee's activities and stressing the emphasis being placed on the enhancement of human values as well as the improvement of property in urban renewal projects. Mr. McClur e outlined the progress of the West End project. Executive Committeeman T. M. Alexander, Sr. and· Executive Director Howland repre sented our committee at the signing of the Rockdale redevelopment contract, June 15. Mr. Alexander expressed congratulations to David L. Rosen Associates of New York, upon winning the competition for the single largest project to date in Atlanta's urban renewal program. Said Mr. Alexander, 11 I congratulate the David Rosen group for their fine concept of a very complicated plan. Of all the four proposals s ubmitted -- and all were excellent -- this was the most outstanding. We are happy that the Union Baptist Church is a sponsor. 11 In a press statement Mayor Allen said: 11 I cordially congratulate David L. Rosen upon being selected to carry out the largest single development in all eight years of our urban renewal program. In arriving at its decision, the Atlanta Housing Authority was aided by the thinking of a wide variety of individuals, representing the city government, professional and citizen groups. I would like to express my appreciation to all. 11 Commented Rodney M. Cook, Chairman of the Aldermanic Planning and Development Committee : 1 This development will add an entirely new community, well-planned and designed to meet the needs of the people who will live there. 11 Just before sitting down to sign the 17 page contract, Edwin L. Sterne, Chairman of Board of Commissioners, AHA , said: 11 We are pleased to award the contract for the redevelopment of the Rockdale Urban Redevelopment Project to David L. Rosen. We \-:ere delighted with the superior quality of all four proposals received. They were all substantial and any one of them would be a credit to the Rockdale community. '. 1 ALEXANDER VOICES COMMITTEE'S CONGRATULATIONS AT ROCKDALE CONTRACT SIGNING CEREMONY Picking up the pen to affix his signature, Mr. Rosen, with a smile, said to Mr. Sterne: 11 Now I owe you almost $900,000. 11 He referred to the price of $896, 000 fixed for the 154. 12 acres of residential land and the 9. 14 acres for comme rcial use. The Rosen proposal calls for the construction of 1, 386 dwelling units, of which 85 per cent will be apartments and 15 per cent townhouses. The total will include 140 one bedroom units, to rent at from $60 to $68 monthly; 830 two bedroom units to rent at from $70 to $78 monthly; 416 three bedroom units, to rent at from $80 to $90 monthly. The housing is designed in clusters in the different sections on relatively level 11 island communities! 1 along the ridges of the hills. PROPOSAL CALLS FOR 1, 386 DWELLING UNITS; PRICE OF $896,000 ESTABLISHED FOR LAND �
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  • Text: January 16~ 1967 Mr. John C . Wil on Horne - Wilson, 111c. 163 Petel"s Str et, S . W. Atlanta, Georgia 30313 Dear John: Thank you. for your willingne to continue serving on the Citizens Advis ry Cornrnitte for Urban R. new l. We bav made great progress and I m. sure will 1:ontin.ue a long as we hav men like yCftl who .a re illing to help. Thanks so much for th picture which I · m pleased to dd to my crapbo.ok. Sincerely yours, Ivan Allen, Jr. · yor lAJr/br �
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  • Text: HORNE-WILSON, INC. DISTRIBUTORS PLUMBING METALS - HEATING - AIR CONDITIONING ROOFING - APPLIANCES ATLANTA, GA. CHARLOTTE, N. C. TALLAHASSEE, FLA. JACKSONVILLE, FLA. ORLANDO, FLA . ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. TAMPA, FLA. MIAMI, FLA. 163 PETERS STREET, S. W . ATLANTA, GA. 30313 January 10, 1967 Honorable Ivan Allen, Jr., Mayor City of Atlanta City Hall Atlanta, Georg ia 30303 Dear Ivan: During the period that I have served on the Citizens Advisory Committee for Urban Renewal I have come to admire Bob Sommerville, Bill Howland and the contribution which the Committee is making to t h e welfare of the City. I am pleased that you have aske d me to continue to serve as a member of the Committee a n d I am deli ghted to accept . The attached photographs were taken by Charlie Horton on the occasion o f our selection as Wh olesaler of the Year. We thought that you might like to have these for your records. Warmest regards and best wishes for a most successful year. Sincerely, JCW :tc Attachment /( GA. ALBANY, �
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  • Text: 1flH](E R[l!\l[E\W[R NEWSLETTER OF THE CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR URBAN RENEWAL Vol. 5 No. 11 Atlanta, Georgia December 1967 OPENSHAW CALLS FOR CONCERTED ACTION TO HALT BLIGHT A S HE GIVES REPORT ON YEAR OF URBAN RENEWAL GAINS Delivering an inspiring report of notable progress in urban renewal during 1967 to our Dec. 19 full committee meeting, Howard Openshaw, Atlanta Housing Authority redevelopment director, also sounded a call for private enterprise, churches, labor organizations and civic groups to join with public efforts in a concerted endeavor to turn back the spread of blight. · Swnmed up Mr. Openshaw: "Too many people look to a single tool to solve all the problems of the city. For example, urban renewal was not designed to speak to the problems of unemployment, lack of education, crime, and other social diseases. Too long have we looked to public programs alone to solve our problems. Churches, civic organizations, labor unions, industry - private enterprise must become involved if we are to succeed in our endeavors. 11 In addition to citing the gains achieved by Atlanta•~ urban renewal program during 196 7, Mr. Openshaw also reviewed the exciting outlook for 1968. The text of his report follows: SLUMS AND BLIGHT ARE GROWING - "Atlanta, like every major city across our land, has awakened to find itself sitting on a potential powder keg. Countless ages of neglect and apathy has resulted in an accumulation of urban blight and decay. People are rebelling against their environment, and we see the resulting strife and turmoil in Milwaukee and Detroit. To make matters worse the slums and blighted areas are growing, not shrinking. In the last 5 years, Atlanta has increased its number of dwelling units by 9, 141. During this period, the number of dilapidated structures were reduced from 12, 000 to 3, 000. However, the number of substandard units increased from 22,800 to 49, 300. "The City's population increase is projected at an annual rate of 2%, with the negro population increasing by 62% and the white population by 4%. Those who can afford it are moving to the suburbs. The City's financial resources are limited, there is no help from the State, and the demand for Federal funds is three times the available supply. We simply do not have adequate resources to cope with all of our problems. 11 MUST USE EVERY AVAILABLE RESOURCE - "The time for action is upon us. We must use every available resource, every tool to make our cities more liv a ble, to enrich the quality of men's lives, and to make every citizen a productive member of Society. We must eliminate our slums, yes. But also, we m u st halt the spread of blight. Urban renewal is the tool that can allow us to have a slumles s city. An effective program of code enforcement is essential to preserve our neighborhoods and to halt the spread of blight. A top priority i n the city is to provide housing for low and moderate income families. The mayo r has set a goal of 16,800 units to be constructed in the next five years. But even here, we are finding it difficult to find suitable, reasonably pric:ed land for low-cost housing." PAST TWE LVE M ONTHS SHOW PROGRESS IN ALL PHASES OF RENEWAL PROG RAMS - " In 8-1/2 years, Atlanta's urban renewal program has made giant stride s in r edeveloping its blighted areas. �-2"From the period December 1, 1966 to December 1, 1967, the Atlanta Housing Authority has acquired 538 parcels of land at a cost of $4~ 7 million. The Authority relocated 576 families from u rban renewal areas! and provided housing assistance to 687 additional families relocated as a result df other governmental action . During the past twelve months, the Authority demolished 477 structures comprising 766 dwelling units, and completed rehabilitation of 201 dwelling units. The Authority sold 97 parcels of land for $886, 722 and put under contract for sale an additional 60 parcels of land having a value of $2 million. Construction was begun on improvements totaling $2. 1 million. These improvements include 106 apartm ent units in the Butler Street Project, and 38 single family units in Thomasville. Improvements tailing $4. 8 million were completed in the past 12 months, including office buildings for the U. s. Rubber Company, Ford Motor Company, Avis Rent-A-Car, and Cousins Properties. Construction was started on 240 dwelling units and an additional 41 dwelling units completed during the period." NINE PROJECT AME NDMENTS APPROVED - "Amendments were submitted and Federal approval received on the following urban renewal projects: Butler Street, to pr·ovide a second high-rise for the elderly adjacent to Graves Homes on Hilliard Street, and land expansion for Ebenezer Baptist Church; Rockdale, to provide for changes in land use and street pattern; Thomasville, to provide public housing north of McDonough Road; Georgia State, to add the block north of the police station to the project area; Georgia Tech, to include an additional $737,810 as Section 112 credits toward the City's share of project cost; Buttermilk Bottoms, received Federal approval of Part I of the Application for Loan and Grant; Bedford- Pine, to combine the Buttermilk Bottoms project with Bedford-Pine; Bedford-Pine Letter of Consent, to permit acquisition of additional street rightof-way for the Auditorium; Bedford-Pine draft Part I Application for Loan and Grant. Amendme nts were submitted on the following urban renewal projects for which Federal approval has not yet been received: Rawson- Washington, to extend project boundary to provide land for school expansion, park, and neighborhood center; Bedford-Pine Early Land Acquisition Loan, to provide a site for public housing, and to make available rehabilitation loans and grants for properties along Boulevard." COMPETITION SPURS SUPERIOR PROPOSALS -'!A significant achievement of the renewal program was the development competitions for land in Rockdale, RawsonWashington and University Center Projects. A fixed price was established on the l and, and redevelopers proposals were restricted to residential development under Section 221 d 3. The Atlanta Housing Authority staff, the City Planning Department, the American Institute of Architects, American Society of Landscape Architects, the Citizens Advisory Committee for Urban Renewal, the Housing Resources Committee, the State Planning Bureau, the U~ban Renewal Policy Committee and the Hou sing Authority's Board of Commissioners reviewed four redevelopers proposals in Rockdale, seven proposals in University Center, and six proposals in Raws on- Washington. The fixed land price, development competition approach not only resulted in superior proposals from redevelopers, but assured maximum livability for families of low and moderate incomes. The Authority, with assistance from CACUR, conducted 1,271 people on tours of Atlanta's urban renewal and public housing programs." MODEL CITY, BEDFORD-PINE EXECUTION TOP EXCITING OUTLOOK FOR NEW YEAR - "Exciting things and a lot of hard work lie ahead for 1968. The City, in cooperation with other agencies and residents of the area, will begin planning the model city area. The urban renewal and public housing programs will be involved in the total attack on the social and physical blight of the 3, 000 acres of .land extending from West End to the other side of Grant Park. The Bedford-Pine Urban Renewal Area will enter execution. The Authority will provide temporary relocation housing for those families living in the initial clearance area. Staging the execution activities will minimize the number of families displac ed. Construction will be started on improvements costing $26. 2 million on urban renewal land in 1968. These improvements include 1, 468 dwelling units, the Ira Hardin Office Building, stadium motel, and the International House in University Center. �- 3"The ninety-five ar eas of land on McDonough R o ad rec ently m a de ava ilable to the City by the Federal Governme nt will be added to the Thoma s ville Project, and pla ns will proceed immediat ely t o g.;rovide land for public housing, townhouses, single -family development, and a n elementary a nd middle-high school. We must continue our commitment t o e liminate s lums wherever they occur, and to halt the spr ead of blight. We must p r ovide dec e n t hous ing for all our people, with special emphasis on l ow and mode rate income families. But we must do more than this. W e must becom e more sensitiv e to t he physical design and development of our City. For , unless Atlanta is t o become a haven for the homeless and the poor, we must create an environment t o a ttract people of every economic level of life as together we s e ek to make At l anta the gr eat city it is destined to become. 11 HUD'S STRAUB CONG RA T ULATES AT LANTA ON PIONEERING M ODE L CITY C ONVE N T ION Thanking Mr. Openshaw for his pertinent and perceptive report, Chairman Sommerville emphasized the impo r tance of t he model city program and called on Charles N. Straub, Federal Ag ency Liaison Specialist, from H UD, to b r ing our committee abreast of developments in this n ew city-federal coope r a t ive e ndeavor. Explaining that Atlanta was one of only nine s outh easte rn cities and 63 in t h e nation to receive conditional approval, Mr . Straub p ointed out t hat final disposition of the planning grants reserved, depended upon the citie s p re s enting acceptable work p r ogr ams to HUD. Such plans are exptec t ed within 4 5 days. He specified that HUD had requested Atlanta to outline a fiv e y e ar progr am w ith a specific work plan for the first year. He pointed out that Atlanta's plans w ould hav e to be revised because the city's request for $500, 000 as a planning g rant w as cut to $152, 000, In di scus s ing this reduction, Mr. Straub mentioned that Atl ant a had received a n additional $100, 000 from EDA, but only $18, 0 00 of thi s w oul d appl y dire ctly to studie s in the model city area. Then M r. Str aub cong ratulated Atlanta warmly on innovating the plan of holding a convention open t o all re sidents of the model city area. This convention, held at Hoke Smith Technical High Sc hool Sunday.., afternoon, Dec . 10, is regarded as a new departure i n citizen par t icip a t ion, M r. Straub stressed. Said he 11 No city has really thrown the model city program open a s Atlanta did with this convention. The city a l s o is to be congratul ated on acc epting .what the people asked for. 11 (NOTE- This r efers to acti on b y the Alde r manic Board Dec. 18 approving the request made at the convention for a repre s e n tat i ve from each of the six neighborhoods involved on the g overning board of the m odel city program) In a following d is c u ssion, Mrs. S. F . C rank pointed out that E OA was a prime mover in organizing the c onvention. Mrs. Gra ce Ha milton a lso express e d congratulations to the A l de rmanic Board in accepting the recommendations made by the c o nven tion. (NOTE- A mong othe r s representing our committee at the convention was Diredor Howland. ) A ction is unde r w a y t o loc a te hous es for s uita ble r e h a bilita tion by our nonprofit corporation , CACURRCI unde r the 2 2 1 H program, the full committe e meeting was informed. Executive committ eewoman Hamilt on r e porte d that w ith Walter Screws of the Atlanta Housin g Authority , and Directo r Howla nd, s h e i nspe cte d a numbe r of dwe llings in and near the University Center project on D ecemb er 14 . Sh e s tr ess ed the p o int that if such houses c ould be fou nd i n this ar ea, the ir reh a bilitation would impr ove the project's public image. Mr . Screws a dded that all houses seen were single family occupied. In reply t o a quest i on fr om :Executive committeeman P e rcy Hearle , Chairman Sommerville said 19 h ouses ha d bee n located east of Glen Iris a nd n o r th of Hunter Stre e t. A guess~ stimate w ou ld b e that the houses w oul d range in valu e from $ 4 , 500 to $8, 000 a nd that r e h a bilitation woul d c o s t fr om $2 , 000 t o $4, 000. Exec u tive c ommitteeman Harol d Arno ld also suggested s ome hou ses on Mo rgan Street a nd Boulevard Place. He pointed out that al s o considered had been the a rea Mr s. Hamilton inspecte d, the area ,a d jacent to the Nash- Banns section, the South Atlant a region beyond the model citie s area and t h e area east o f Bedfor d -Pine. In support of t he Boulevard P l a c e - Morga n Street l o cation, Mr. Arnold p ointed out that it had experien ced racial u nres t and tha t l oca tion of the 22 1 H proj e ct there , would indicate interest in solving its pr oblems . In t he following d i scussion, Mrs. Hamilton urged that the Atla nta Hou s ing Au thority keep a coordina t e d li st of properties screened. Chairman Sommer ville p ointed out that s u ch lists would b e available from the city Bu ilding Dep a rtme n t and t h e H ousing Authority. ACTION BEGINS TO L OCA T E 2 2 1 H HOUSES ; T WO LISTS OF SUGGESTED DWE LLINGS GIVEN �
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  • Text: CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR URBAN RENEWAL OFFICE OF THE MAYOR CITY HALL-ATLANTA. GA. 30303 PHONE 524-2745 ROBERT L. SOMMERVILLE CHAIRMAN WILLIAM 5. HOWLAND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MRS. EVELYN DODDS SECRETARY November 17, 1967 Dear Executive Committee Member .. I feel sure that all of us agree with The Constitution's editorial today which said "Yesterday's announcement that Atlanta had been approved for a model cities planning grant is an event of major importance. It gives Atlanta what is potentially the most powerful tool it has ever used to reverse urban decay and to serve a changing population. "Atlanta's selection is at once a reward and a challenge. 11 Since our committee has been an ardent supporter of the Model City Program from its inception, I have asked Dan E. Sweat, the city's Director of Governmental Liaison, to brief us on the program I s present status and future potential at our meeting at 2 p.m., Tuesday, November 21, in the Directors Room, Fulton Federal Savings and Loan Building. Sincerely, , ':'s I I . !I J ( ·1-v t t { ~ William S. Howland �
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  • Text: CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR URBAN RENEWAL OFFICE OF THE MAYOR CITY HALL-ATLANTA, GA. 30303 PHONE !524-2745 ROBERT L. SOMMERVILLE CHAIRMAN WILLIAM S. HOWLAND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR October 12, 1967 MRS. EVELYN DODDS SECRETARY Dear Executive Committee Men:ber: First of all, our October meeting is to be held next THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19 (instead of the customary third Wednesday of the month) in the Directors Room of the Fulton Federal Savings Association Building, S. W. corner of Pryor Street and Edgewood Avenue. Chairman Sommerville and I earnestly hope you will be able to join us at this meeting because we have a very important rr.atter to consider with you. It is - how our committee can participate in the new federal 221 H program to rehabilitate deteriorated housing. If you attended the September meeting, you will recall that Mr. Finn of FHA explained the details of this new program. What he said indicated that it offered a fine opportunity for our committee to help meet our city's need for adequate housing. We h a ve taken a first step by filing an application for a federal grant of $96, 000 w hich w e hope may be approved by next Thursday . To put this grant to work, we n eed to form a nonprofit corporation. How we can do this will be explained Oct ober 19. It is not a difficult undertaking. W e would like the benefit of your thi nki ng on w hat c an be a very worthwhile project for our committee. In addition to di s c u s sing t he 221 H program next Thur sday , we will be b r ou ght up to d a t e o n ur ban r enew al by Howa rd Openshaw, r edevelopment d i rector fo r Atlanta Housing Autho r i ty. Also, if time permits, Har o ld Davis , o ur e x ecutive committee man w h o d irects public relations for Georgia State College , will t e ll us bri e fly about the colle ge's new urban affai rs academic progr a m . Sincerely, William S . How l a nd P. S. As you can see by the enve lope in w hich thi s lette r comes to you that the Post Offic e Dept. is putting a sta mp of approva l on our activitie s . �
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  • Text: CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR URBAN RENEWAL OFFICE OF THE MAYOR CITY HALL-ATLANTA, GA. 30303 PHONE 524-2745 ROBERT L. SOMMERVILLE CHAIRMAN WILLIAM S . HOWLAND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MRS. EVELYN DODDS SECRETARY May 18, 1967 Dear Executive Committee Member: Three timely topics top the program for our Executive ~ommittee meeting at 2 p. m. Wednesday, May 24 in the Fulton Federal Savings and Loan Directors Room, at Pryor and Edgewood. I. George Papageorge, special assistant to the regional administrator, HUD, on Community Relations, will give us some up-to-date comments on code enforcement and other points pertinant to Atlanta's workable program. 2. Collier Gladin, city planning engineer, will bring us abreast of deve lopments on our city's urban renewal program and associated activities, such as the model neighborhood program, which barely escaped extinction in the Congress this week. 3. Chairma n Sommerville and members of our Rockdale-University C e nter Subcommittee will have something to say about the e x cellent de v elopme nts p r opos a ls pr es ented for these two p r ojects . We al s o h ave invited John T . E dmunds , assi s tant regional a dmini str a t o r f o r renewal a s sistanc e H UD, to s p e ak to u s b riefly a b ou t how his office views our present and proposed proj e cts . Ch a irman Sommerville and l are looking forward to meeting with you n ext Wednesday afternoon. Sincerely, 1;~t7/u4.IJ William S. Howlan:-r �
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  • Text: CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR URBAN RENEWAL OFFICE OF THE MAYOR CITY HALL-ATLANTA, GA. 30303 PHONE 524-2745 ROBERT L. SOMMERVILLE CHAIRMAN WILLIAM S. HOWLAND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MRS. EVELYN DODDS SECRETARY April 12, 1967 Dear CIP Subcommittee Member: Just a reminder that we are meeting again with CIP Director George Aldridge on Friday, April 21 at noon in Committee Room No. 4 in City Hall. A Dutch treat box lunch will be served.Please call your reservation - 522-4463, extension 233. Chairman Sommerville and I are looking forward to meeting with you then. Sincerely, /, nJ;J . , //)/1. /J /) 1f>!F!/!!!~ i fDMt William ~- Howland �
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  • Text: Maroh 29 , 1967 tr . Robert L. Sommerville ~ Chairman ..::9itizena Advisory Committee For Urban Renewal Office of the Mayor City Hall A Atlanta, Georgia 30303 Dear Mr. Sommerville: Due to y illness for the past six weeks and by orders from my physician restricting my activities, I regret to say that I will have to resign as a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee For Urban Renewal . y I would like to recommend, Mr . R. J . Butler, 250 Tenth Street, N. E., Atlanta, Georgi, 30303 who succeeded me as President of the Atlanta Georgia Labor Council AFL-CIO, to take my place on ti..!:s Committee. Thanking you, I am Sincerely, o. oore cretary Georgia State AFL- OIO J. S JOM/glo cos Honorable Ivan Allen, Jr . / Mayor, City of Atlanta cc: R. J. Butler, Pr sident Atlanta Georgia Labor Council AFL-CIO opeiu 21 afl .. cio �
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  • Text: CITIZENS FOR URBAN RENEWAL OFFICE OF THE MAYOR CITY HALL-ATLANTA, GA. 30303 PHONE 524-2745 ROBERT L . SOMMERVILLE CHAIRMAN WILLIAM S. HOWLAND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MRS. EVELYN DODDS SECRETARY December 11, 1967 Dear Committee Members: Twill be the sixth day before Christmas and all through our program will be items of timely interest for our last full committee meeting of 1967. We will start off with a report on the year's activities in urban renewal and allied undertakings by Howard Openshaw, director of redevelop. ment for the Atlanta Housing Authority. In addition to telling what has been going on during 1967, Howard will give us a concise preview of what is ahead for 1968. Then we will have some updating on the Model Cities Program by Chuck Straub, in charge of this program in Atlanta for the regional office of HUD. Thirdly, we will have some updating on our participation in the 221-H program. Before our meeting, Mrs. Grace Hamilton and I are going out to look at some possible sites for our project. We are asking Mrs. Hamilton to tell us about these sites. We hope to have this program fully underway after the first of the year. Then, if time permits we have asked James A. Smith, chief of the housing code inspection service, to tell us about the streamlining of the housing code that has recently been effected by the Board of Aldermen. I am sure there will be some questions and answers on these various topics. Chairman Sommerville and I will be looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday afternoon, December 19, 2:30, Atlanta Room of the C & S National Bank. Sincerely yours, j(J~~./J William S, Howland NOTE: time changed to 2: 30 p. m, ~ �
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  • Text: .---r-' C I A.. [Rf N[W·[ R NEWSLEf tEi:t Vol. 5 No. 8 OF tHE C!TIZENS AbV!SOR y COMMl'tTEE Jtdlt URBAN RENEWAL Aiianta, Georgia September 1967 NEW PROGRAM FINANCES RkHAb OF' HOUSES BY NON PRO.F't't SPONSOiUs 1 COMMITTEE HEARS A new federal funding prog r am under the Federal Housing Administration, known as 221 H, provides itiE!ans by which non profit sponsors can undertake rehabilitation of deteriorating housing units, our committee was informed at its first fall meeting, Sept. 20. Introduced by Henry Fillmer, urban renewal representative in the regional HUD headquarters, Kenneth Finn, a rphitect in the architectural section of the Georgia FHA office, explained the details-.,of the progi,am for which $20 million has been appropriated by Congress. Accocl-panying Finn were Otis M. Haire, Georgia FHA real estate evaluator, and Glenn Barger, :chief of HUD's disposition branch. At the outset Mr. Finn first stressed the point that the main purpose of 221H is to provide homes for tho se who cannot purchase houses at current market prices. The chosen instrument through which old but restorable houses can be rehabilitated to achieve the program's purpose will be a non profit sponsor. Such can be Chambers of Commerce, church groups, civic organizations, our committee. In substance Mr. Finn explained, any going concern that can be certified by the internal revenue service as non profit organization may enter into this program. Mz'\ To qualify for funding under 221H plan, a sponsor mus t designate not less than five houses for rehabilitation, Mr. Finn pointed out. These can be anywhere within the city, in an urban renewal area or elsewhere but for efficient operation, should be within a two mile radius for each project. After selecting the houses to be rehabilitated, the sponsor with the assistance of Mr. Finn and Mr. Haire applies to the federal agency for an allocation of funds. Following approval of the application FHA appraises the property. Then a work sheet is made out for the contractor to bring the prope rty up to code standards established for this program. To finance this work a conventional construction loan is obtained. Upon completion of the rehab work, a loan at 3 percent interest, guaranteed by the Federal National Mortgage Associtltion goes into effect, under terms of which a qualified purchaser can buy the home under 25 year. t erms at this low rate of interest. Mr. Finn further explained ..that certain limits on income and cost of house had been set. For example, under the present market analysis for the Atlanta area, a family of four can have an income of $3,800 a year and under the 221 H plan, can pay up to $11,400 for a house. He pointed out that this means that the head of a family of four. earning $75 to $8 0 a week, can purchase a $1 l, 400 house and pay for it at 3 percent interest over 25 years. This works out at a monthly payment of $54. 50. In reply to a question, he said there was no terminal limit for home purchasers. FHA'S FINN OUTLINES PROCEDURES BY WHICH SPONSOR PUTS PROGRAM INTO ACTION First non profit sponsor to apply for an allocation in Atlanta is Morris Brown College, Mr. Finn reported. In reply to a question he said the 221 His not limited to single family dwelling units, but if multiple units are included, they must be side by side on the ground and not superimposed. Each unit must be occupied by a home owner. To facilitate home ownership, the sponsor can act as a cosigner on the property. So can a close blood relative of the purchas e r. In reply to questions about maintenanc e of properties, Mr. Finn pointed out that annual inspections would be made and that the sponsor would ~ork with the new owner to help him keep his house up to code standard. He added that FHA requires all units to be equipped with a new cooking range, a 30 gallon automatic water heater and an automatically defrosting refrigerator. MORRIS BROWN COLLEGE FIRST SPONSOR OF A 221H PROJECT IN ATLANTA AREA �2 Replying to a question, Mr. Finn said that if the original purchaser sells wihtout the sponsor's consent to an ineligible purchaser, interest on the purchase loan would go up to the standard market :rate , If the owner's income increases, he still can live in the house and pay off his purchase pric e at 3 percent interest. Answering another question, Mr. Finn said that to participate in 221H, a sponsor would need some $2, 500 to $3, 000 "see_tl money" and some volunteers to do the paper work, etc. The overhead for ·which initial tnortey would be needed would include fees for drawing deeds, passing on titles, arid interest on the conat:t-ucHon loans. MANY POINTS ON zzi H DETAIL$ RAISED Keen interest by committee IN SPIRITED ~ UESTION AND ANSWER SESSION members in the 221 H program . was indicated by qliestidns asked in a lively question and answer session following Mr. Finn's talk. For example, it was stressed that occupancy limits would be enforced in rehabilitated dwellings. Also, it was explained that the only new construction to be permitted would be the addition of a bathroom, where needed, and the reconversion of a duplex to a single family dwelling. In that event, each unit would have to be purchased at a single dwelling price. In reply to another question, it was explained that financial assets (other than income) of a purchaser are not considered. '\' ith regard to relocation of people during rehab work, Mr. Finn expressed the hope that the city relocation service would help in this. Lester Per sells, AHA associate executive director, made the point that the sponsor should seek this help from the Housing Authority. Asked how rapidly a would be sponsor might expect a reply from his allocation request, Mr. Finn said he would think a reply could be received in two weeks. As closing time for our meeting approached, Chairman Sommerville summed up by saying "This committee will pursue the 221 H program with the banks, the housing author ity, and others with the idea of getting some sponsors." Our committee on Sept. 20 un.anim·ously endorsed the P. tlanta Chamber of Commerce Board of Directorsrecently adopted resolution calling upon the ci·.ty of Atlanta to adopt an updated land plan and a new zoning ordinance based upon this plan. The resolution was presented to our meeting by Executive Committeeman, George Kennedy, chairman of the Charr.ber' s Housing and Development Committee. Because of its important bearing upon all redevelopment and housing activities, the text of the resolution follows in full: COMMITTEE ENDORSES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CALL FOR UPDATE D LAND PLAN AND ZONING RULES "The Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors recognizes as a matter of serious concern to the entire community the current shortage of adequat e housing available to the low..i.ncome and moderate-income families in the City of Atlanta. This Board is further aware that this shortage of housing, unless the problem is dealt with forcefully and effectively with all the resources at hand, likely will become even more serious in nature . It is heartening t o this Board to note the eff~rts and the tangible results achieved by the Mayor's Housing Resources Comrr.ittee, which is serving as a c oordinating agency in the community.wide effort to encourage construction of new housing. The Committee has accepted the responsibility to help assure the construction of some 16,800 new housing units in Atlanta by the end of 1971. It has been directed to the attention of the Board, as a result of the studiea of the Atlanta Chamber's Housing and Redevelopment Committee, that one of the major obstacles in attempts to alleviate the housing shortage is a severe scarcity of available land which has been suitably zoned for construction of multi.family structures. V\hereas some 1,565 acres of suitable zoned land would be required for fulfillment of the five year goals, it is apparent that only about 68 acres can be reasonably anticipi. ted for use for this purpose. The last comprehensive zoning for the City of Atlanta was done in 1954, and countless amendments to the zoning ordinance have been made in the intervening years. It is the belief of this Board that a new zoning ordinance for the City of Atlanta is not only essential but long overdue. �3 'Therefore, it is resolved by t h e Atlarita Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors that immediate steps sh'.ould be taken by the City of Atlanta, through its Planning Department and the Board of Aldermen, to adopt an updated land use plan, and that new zoning ordinance , based on the land use plan, should be prepared for submission to the Board of Al.d ermen at the eailiest possible time. 11 It is further resolved by this ll»oard that any new zoning plan adopted by the City of Atlanta s hould make provision for adequate land for multi-family housing and open up land for increased density of housing in all quadrants of the city, in order to serve the best intere sts of a changing and progressive City of Atlanta. This Board also declares its willingness and desire, and that of the Atlanta Chamber's Housing and Rede~elopment Committee, to counsel arid assist in any way possible toward the attainm e nt of thi s end. •1 September i 3, 1961. TRACK BEING CLEARED FOR PROPOSAL FOR GQMMIT':f~E; .TO.SPONSOR A 22L-H PROJECT Immediately following the explanation of the new 221 H program to our full committee Sep~. 29, Chairman Sommerville and Director Howland began setting the wheels in motion for a pi'opo ~ai to be made to our executive committee October 19 that CACUR spohsor an Atlanta rehab project, At a luncheon meeting Sept. 27 FHA' s Kenneth Finn outlined the steps for applying to the agency for an allocation of funds. Attending the luncheon, in addition to Mr. Finn and Mr. Haire of FHA and Mr. Fillmer of HUD, were Lester Persells, associate executive director, and Howard Openshaw, rehabilitation director of the Atlanta Housing Authority, Cecil A. Alexander, founding chairman of our committee and now chairman of the Atlanta Housing Resources committee, George Kennedy, chairman of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Housing and Redevelop. ment committee, A. B. Padgett, chairman of our CIP subcommittee, Mr. Sommerville and Mr. Howland. In addition to discussing procedural details, a number of possible project sites wer e mentioned by the luncheon group. Following this meeting the city attorney was asked to give our committee guidance on the legal specifics necessary for us to participate actively in 221 H. It is Chairman Sommerville' s intent to present a definite proposal to the executi ve committee Oct. 19. CODE ENFORCEMENT, P LANNING GAINS PRAISED AS WORKABLE PROGRAM IS RECERTIFIED Atlanta's progress in housing code enforcement and planning was recertified until August 1, 1968. Accompanying HUD Regional Administrator Edward H. Baxter to present the certificate to Mayor Allen were George Papageorge, workable program branch director, and Richard L. Larkin, special assistant for public affairs. Representing our committee were Chairman Sommerville and Director Howland. As he handed the certificate to Mayor Allen, said Mr. Baxter "Atlanta has met all requirements and is moving steadily ahead on its program of improvement. 11 Replied Mayor Allen: "Without the help of the federal government, Atlanta would not have the standards it has today. We are going to continue to do the job required and we are counting on you to help us do a better job." Then Mr. Papageorge chimed in, saying "Three years ago there was some difficulty with code enforcement. Now there is tremendous improvement. We are so proud of Atlanta's achievements that we are pointing it out to other cities as an example." Mr. Baxter added a pat on the back to City Planning Engineer Collier Gladin saying "Planning is a lot better. " Commented Chairman Sommerville: "The city is doing a wonderful job. Our committee seeks to help the city departments whe n e ve r it can." (Note as an example of this, we arranged the certification ceremony.) CHURCH CONGRATULATED ON HOUSING PROJECT Our committee joined the Atlanta Housing Authority, city officials and other agencies in congratulating Ebenezer Baptist Church on being cho sen as the developer of 152 housing units in the Rawson-Washington urban renewal project. Representing our committee at the contract signing ceremony were J.B. Blayton, Sr., Mrs. Grace Hamilton and Director Howland. Speaking for our committee, Mr. Howland said: "On behalf of Chairman Sommerville and our entire committee, we h eartily congratulate Ebenezer Baptist Church and its co-pastor s, The R ev. Martin Luther King , Sr. and Jr., upon their outstanding proposal, which includes notable s ocia l considerations as well as excellent design. " EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING - OCTOBER 19th -- DETAILS LATER �
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  • Text: CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR URBAN RENEWAL OFFICE OF THE MAYOR CITY HALL-ATLANTA, GA. 30303 PHONE !524-2745 ROBERT L . SOMMERVILLE CHAIRMAN WILLIAM S. HOWLAND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MRS. EVELYN DODDS Sept ember lZ, 1967 SECRETARY Dear Committee i,.,,:ember: Comes now (next week, that is) the fall equinox when our lon6 and occasionally hot summer changes int_o our cool stimulating autumn. Also comes next week, to be exact, at 2 p. m., 'Wednesday, September 20, in the Directors Room of the Trust Company of Georgia, our thi rd quarter full comrr.ittee meetin 6 . Just as the Minnesota T w ins have been leadin6 the American Lea6'1e pennant race (rr.ost of the time, that is), our prog ram will op en with a double billin6 . Our old friend, Hank Fillmer, will pres e nt, as lead off batters, Kenneth Finn and Otis Haire, of the architectural section of the Georgia F. H. A. office. They will tell us all about a new and highly s ignificant progr am known as 221 H, whose aim is to bring about widespr ead re habilitation of old but economically rest o r able prop ertie s by non profit sponsor s . I a m s ure we a r e all fa miliar with the national renow n AUanta h a s a chieved thr ough its applica tion of the 221 D 3 progra m t o n ew construction proj e c ts (Wheat Street Gardens is a shining exampl e of t his ). Bu t 2 2 1 H is s o mething new under the federal sun. It provide s way s and means to r e build and repair ol d properties. As s uch, it opens up exciting n ew vistas for non p rofit sponso rs (our committee c ou ld even be o ne ). Next will be a report on what' s now going on and what's in prospect in urban renewal from Howard Openshaw in h i s first appearance before us in his new capacity as director of redevelopment. Howard will be presented by Les Persells , -who is also in a new capacity as associate executive director of the Housin.6 Authority. Also on hand to update us on planning and housing and to answer questions will be Collier Gladin and Col. Malcolm Jones. And, of course, Chairman Somn1erville will have something to say. Chairman Bob and I are lookin6 forward to meeting with you Wednesday, Sept. 20. Sincerely, William S. Howland �
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  • Text: R[ N[W[EIR NEWSLETTER OF THE CITIZENS ACVISORY COMMITTEE FOR URBAN RENEVl AL Vol. 5 No. 4 Atlanta, Georgia April 1967 PAS SURVEY STUDY LEADS TO REDUCTION IN CITY DEPARTMENTS, MASSE LL REPORTS The number of city departments is being reduced from 22 to 18 as the result of recommendation~ made by the Aldermanic Government Study Committee, Vice Mayor Sam Mas sell, chairman of that committee, told our full committee meeting April 26. Mr. Massell pointed out that the committee which he heads had been appointed in April, 1966 to study the survey of Atlanta's city government made by the Public Administration Service, the first of many surveys completed urlder the Community Improvement Program, now nearing its termination. In addition to Chairinan Ivlassell, the committee includes Alderman Rodney Cook, John Flarti3en, Richard Freernan, Gregory Griggs, Everett Millican and Hugh Pierce. He explained that the committee had devoted considerable time and thought to studying and discussing the 100 plus page PAS survey which included more than 100 recommendations whose complete implementation would cost several hundred million dollars ~ In addition to the slice in the number of city departments, other government study comtnittee recommendations being put into effect include such items as: l, a resolution to investigate the use of city owned houses and vehicles; 2, increase the authority of the city purchasing department; 3, put city parking tickets on a computer system (which is expected to increase revenue by some $300, 000 a year); 4, reorganize the police internal security division; 5, eliminate apartments for city prison personnel; 6, review the business license system; 7, amend the city charter to revise method of promotions and hirings in city departments; 8, prepare a report on mechanical changes required to develop a city department of administration; 9, improve coordination among departments on annual reports. Discussing the development of a central city department of adminis tration, as recommended by the PAS survey, Government Study Committee Chairman Mas sell expressed strong endorsement of such action. Said he -- "The most important recommendation made by the PAS survey is for the creation of a department of administration. Our staff has prepared a study of how this could be done. Vdth a department of administration in being, this committee of ours would not be needed. The department of administration could implement the PAS recommendations. It also could coordinate the administrative functions of the city 3overnrnent. " As the discussion with our committee members continued, :M r. iv:Iassell made the point that the city charter was not exact in defining the powers of the mayor and the powers of the aldermanic board. Said he -- "Members of the board of aldermen enjoy directing item s of administration that come to their attention. The general situation is that if the aldermanic committee chairman is a stronger individual than the city department head, he more or less runs the department and vice versa. Minutes of all department meetings are open to the public. Sometimes it would be embarrassing if they were read and disclosed how much time had been spent on minor details, such as the type of decoration s f or ban<.l stands." AD!vUNISTRA TION DEPARTMENT, AS RECOMMENDED BY STUDY, FAVORED BY COMMITTEE CHAIRW.LAN In response to questions from committee members, · 1v1r. r,1.iassell expressed the opinion that the creation of a department of administration would not take place soon. Explained he: "For the department to be effective, it must have power to act. This power would have to come from the Board of Aldermen. It does not appear likely that the Board would relinquish such powers to the new department. So far our full committee has not recommended creation of a department of administration. PROSPECTS ARE NOT SEEN AS BRIGHT FOR NEV·.-· DEPART i\tIENT IN NEAR FUTURE �-2. "I think that a departme nt of administration would make for a better city government, but the feeling is that we now have a good city and a good city government. Unless a crisis should occur, it is not likely that the board would turn over its powers to a department of administration. Also, by reducing the number of departments, the need for coordination also is reduced. " In further Q & A session, Mr. Massell pointed out that since the mayor has the power to appoint all committee members and committee chairmen, along with the power to veto aldermanic action, the present authority of Atlanta's mayor is not so weak as sometimes portrayed. Asked Mr. Massell -- "How much power should a mayor or a board of aldermen have? That is a hard question to answer definitely because no two cities in the United States have the same powers vested in the mayor and board of aldermen or council." In response to a question from Executive Committeeman Hearle, Mr. Massell expressed the opinion that eventually an administration department will be created, as the city's growth demands more time of aldermen. Noting that the city hall was closed on April 26 (in celebration of Confederate Memorial Day), commented Mr. Massell -- "The thought has occurred to me that we should stop closing city hall on this date when nearly' all other city halls are open. " METRO GOVERNMENT, CITY MANAGER IDEAS ALSO RAISED IN LIVELY DISCUSSION The possibility of Atlanta eventually combining with Fulton County in a metro government and the potential of adoption of a city manager plan were points also raised in the lively discussion which followed Mr. Massell's opening remarks. In reply to a question, Mr. Massell said that we have good people in the city and county 3overnments and accordingly could make a good combination of the two governments. Alderman John Flanigen, a member of the government study committee, joined in to say that he felt that such a merger could not be effected so long as part of Atlanta is in DeKalb county. He added that he thought eventually there would be some form of consolidation. With regard to the possible creation of a Department of Administration, Alderman Flanigen raised the question of how the head of such a department would be chosen. He pointed out that this was as important as determining where the department head's responsibility would lie. In response to a question from AHA Redevelopment Director Les Persells as to the estimated "several hundred million dollars" cost to implement the PAS recommendations, Mr. Mas sell poibted out that the proposed pension system revisions alone would cost at least $100 million. Asked about the present status of the Government Study Committee, Mr. Massell smiled and said, "It has just about 6 one to sleep. It has no meetin~s scheduled. He explained that it was still in active existence. Commenting on Mr. Mass ell's remarks in general, said our Chairman Robert L. Sommerville -- I would regard what Mr. Massell has said as very solid. I am not one of those who believe that we always must have something entirely new, costing a lot, all neon lighted and chromium plated 11 • In the designation of future urban renewal projects, the desire of the neighborhood for such treatment will be 6 iven primary consideration, Rodney Cook, chairman of the aldermanic planning and uevelopment committee told our full committee n1eeting April 26. NEIGHBORHOOD WISH FOR URBAN RENEWAL NOW REGARDED ESSENTIAL, COOK EXPLAINS "This is a change of policy", he explained, ' 'In the past we have undertaken urban r enewal as a physical tool. Now we feel that the people in a neighborhood must d esire and ask for urban renewal. In the past there has been a major problem in that people have not been included in the planning. We have started to chang e this in the Bedford-Pine project. West End has gone all the way in this respect. Now in Vine City and other areas, we are in the process of settinJ up meetings and discussion groups. If the neighborhoods want urban renewal, they must ask for it and then participate with the city in planning the projects. 11 During April our committee was host for two urban r~newal On April 13, more than 60 members of the Federal Executive Board were our On April 20, the Georgia State College Women's Club combined with Dr. E. Garren's Urban Complex class to fill a bus. Mrs. Margret Ross, Jim and Tom Kresbach of AHA served as guides with Director Howland. FED BOARD, COLLEGE GROUPS TOUR GUESTS tour s. guests. Robert Henley �-3MERGING OF TWO PROJECTS VIEWED AS WAY TO PROVIDE TEMPORARY HOUSING The biggest problem in all urban renewal projects is the relocation of the people already living in these areas, Alderman Cook reported to our full committee as he explained that Vine City and East Atlanta are being considered as next in line. "The rehousing of people should be in the same area that is being cleared", he continued, "therefore, temporary housing must be provided before demolition takes place. This can serve u ntil permanent housing can be constructed later. With that in mind, the thinking now is that the Buttermilk Bottoms and Bedford-Pine projects should be combined to provide a:nple space for temporary housing. Another possibility is to have vacancies in public housing adjacent to urban renewal projects." Mr. Cook also mentioned the redevelopment of a project by stages as a method to allow for temporary relocation of displaced persons . He also stressed the importance of greater utilization of public housing resources. MORE MARKETABILITY EVIDENCE SEEN AS VITAL TO DECISION ON PROJECTS In talki'ng of Atlanta's ftiture program, Mr. Cook emphasized the importance of having adequate evidence on marketability of the land to be cleared for any project. Also in mind, he said, is the thought of sale of land prior to its acquisition for clearance. He pointed out, by way of illustrating the need for land marketability evidence, that four excellent proposals for Rockdale were now being studied. Returning to projects in execution, Mr. Cook explained that Lee Street School is presenting a problem in West End. The location of the present school is in the middle of the proposed shopping center as set out in the redevelopment plan. Since the present school cannot be demolished until a replacement is built, a delay of a year or more is indicated. A possible solution is to begin developing the section of the shopping center farthest away from the school site and proceed by stages. Mr. Cook also stressed the point that increasing weight is being placed on good design in the criteria for redevelopment. Speaking of the area for which Atlanta is seeking a model neighborhood planning grant, Mr. Cook asked t hat our committee give thought to how housing code enforcement could be best handled during the interim period. An honor guest at our full committee meeting was John T. IS HONOR GUEST AT APRIL 26 MEETING Edmunds,who takes office May 7 as assistant regional administrator for renewal assistance in the Atlanta HUD headquarters. A native of Hopkinsville, Ky., and a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Yale Law School, Mr. Edmunds has been serving as acting assistant regional administrator since the retirement of R. Bruce Wedge December 31, 1966. For the previous 11 years he has been in the regional office and has become thoroughly familiar with urban renewal in his role as a chief attorney on urban renewal matters. NE¥l ASST. REGIONAL UR ADMINISTRATOR OUR COMMITTEE PARTICIPATES IN ROCKDALE PROPOSALS HEARINGS At the request of Lester H. Persells, Atlanta Housing Authority redevelopment director, our committee took an active part in surveying the four proposals submitted for the redevelopment of Rockdale urban renewal project. Chairman Sommerville appointed a special subcommittee, consisting of T. M. Alexander, Sr., Chairm a n, A . B. Padgett and Mrs. Grace Hamilton to s tudy the written proposals and to listen to the verbal presentations by the would-be deve lope rs at two four - hour h earings April 11 and 13. Chairman Sommerville and Director Howland also attended the hearing s. Our subcommittee then made its comments for the recommendations which are now under final consideration. MASSELL TALK SPARKS EDITORIAL The day after Vice Mayor M assell a ddres sed our committee, the Atlanta Journal had a lead editorial on his remarks. Said it in part: "Sam Massell, the fireball vice-mayor who seems to be everywhere at once, has spoken up about the Government Study Committee of the alder manic board. Mr. Mas sell says the committee 1 h as just a bout gone to sleep '. Somebody s hould nudge the committee awake. The a ldermen may b e s l eepy, but t he p:t"·oblems of runnin g the city of Atlanta are as awake as a bright n ew day. " EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING MAY 24 -- DETAILS LATER �
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  • Text: CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR URBAN RENEWAL OFFICE OF THE MAYOR CITY HALL-ATLANTA. GA. 30303 PHONE 524-2745 ROBERT L. SOMMERVILLE CHAIRMAN WILLIAM S. HOWLAND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MRS. EVELYN DODDS SECRETARY Enclosed with this RENEWER is a reprint of Bruce Galphin' s story on Georgia State College from the current Atlanta magazine. Because of Georgia State's extensive involvement with urban renewal, both in the present campus and future expansion plans, I believe you will find "Anatomy of a Super School 11 interesting and informative. The reprints were made avail- able to us by Executive Committeeman Harold Davis, Georgia State Public Relations Director. ~{1 Williams. Howland �
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