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MINUTES OF THE CITIZ ENS ADVISORY COMMI TTEE
FOR URBAN RENEWAL
BOARD OF DI RECTORS ROOH
TRUST COMPANY OF GEORGI A
THURSDAY, JULY 17, 1969
The Ex ecutive Committee Mee tin g of the CACUR was called to order
promptly at 2: 45 P. Mo b y the Cha irman , Dr. No a h N. La ngd a le, Jr.
Those attending were : Mr. Bob Bivet4s; Mrs . Le onard Haas; · Mrs. Grace
Hamilton; Mr. George Kennedy; Mr. Charle$ C. Ma thias; Mr. A. B.
Padgett; Mr. Richard H. Rich ; Mr. Ed g ar E . Schuk raft; Mr. Cl ~yt on
R. Yates. Committee rnembe,r in attend a nce was: Mr s. Adah Toombs;
for the Planning Depart ment of the City of Atla n t a: Mr . W. F.
Kennedy; and f o r the Atl a nta Co ns ti t u t ion: Mr. Alex Cof f in.
Invit ational Notice , Agend a and other relat ed Documents fo r the
meeting a r e attached to the f ile copy o f these minutes.
Chairman Langd a le opened the meeting by welcoming those present.
The Chairman went to the second item on the agenda because Mr.
Bob Bivens was late to the meeting. Second on the program agenda was
a presentation by Mr. Frank Sheetz of Sheetz and Bradfield, Ar chitects,
on " What is Public Housing?"
The present a tion dealt mainly with small towns rather than l arge
cities, about the requirements that ar e set up that make a town or
city elligible for p u blic housing . The presentat ion als o gave the
numbe r of Housi ng Au t ho rities that are loc ate d in the southern part
of the United States~ whi ch are:
Georgia
Florida
South Carolina
North Carolina
Kentucky
Tennessee
Alabama
Mississippi
192
63
19
72
99
78
137
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The Chairman thanked Mr. Sheetz for his pre~entation to the · Com~i~tee
and ask ed him ab out an example of Public Housing he used in his
presentation.
Mr. Sheetz stated that that particular project was the Bankhead
Project. This project has 500 units, including 4, 5 and 6 bedrooms
and cost from $16,800 to $18,000 per unit.
Mr. Edgar Schukraft congratulated Mr. Sheetz on his presentation and
stated that was the best presentation on Public Housing he h a d ever
seen and the best understood.
The Chairman then asked Mr. Sheetz if Atlanta is behind in Public
Housing?
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Mr. Sheetz commented · that this is really a policy matter, but
Atlanta is behind in Public Housing because of the many slum areas
that have not been cleared away.
The Chairman then called on Mr. Bob Bivens to make his report
to the Committee.
Mr. Bivens reported that he, Doris Lockerman and Mr. W. L.
Calloway had made a list of sug gested candidates for membership
of the Citizens Advis ory Committee for Urb a n Renewal. He further
stated that this list is not to be int erpreted as final or complete,
but rather as a work list to include both additions and deletions.
Mr. Bivens made a recommendation that the Chairma n review the entire
list of Committee a ppointees in light of n e wly defined Committee
purposes and functions and a ppo i nt an 8- 12 member Executive Committee
for assisting him in carrying out the mi ssion of the Committee.
Mr. Bivens then stated that CACUR n e eds a re-definition of purpose.
This Sub-Committee consists of hlr. Biv e ns, Dean Alex Lacy and Mr.
A. B. Padgett. hlr. Bivens st a ted that much of the success of
Atlanta's urban renewal activity is direc t ly attribut a ble to the
fine, active participation of a representative c r oss-section of
citizens who have helped g uide the prog ra m, ask qu e stions and provide
liaison with various sectors of the entire community.
He continued tha t over the past several yea rs, the approach of
urban renewal has c ha nged in ma ny ways, both nationally and locally:
1.
Greater emphasis is now b e ing plac e d on citize n
participa tion in the planning proc es s,
2.
Rehabilitation and upgrading are superseding
bulldozing and clearance,
3.
The new "Model Cities" program introduces a
bold new approach,
4.
The Ne i g hborhood De velopme nt Program (NOP)
represents a new, fast-moving approa ch capable
of accelerating the plann i n g and ·execution o f .
renewal activity to accomplish community goals •
. That b e c a use of thes e cha n g es, thi s is a good time to re~ d e fine
the mis s i on o f the cit ize ns ' or ga niza t i on, de termine th e me mb ers h ip
compos it i on n e c essar y to a ccomplis h s uch mission, and o rga n i z e the
committee to move for ward in facing the new cha llenges a head.
Mr . Bi vens a lso s t a ted th a t the Committ ee is not being approached
f o r ad v ice , b ut ra t her is beng informe d af t er p l ans ha v e alrea d y been
dev eloped and v ital d ecisions and c ommitment s made, and that in fact
t he Citizens Advis o r y Committee has become lar ge ly a "rubber stamp"
organization , in wh i c h t he i nte n t of Fed e ral req uirements i s not only
aborted, but al s o in wh i ch t he valuable res o urce of talent and mature
adyice is not brought _t o b ear on v ital renewal programs.
�PAGE THREE
If the Committee is to serve in the more constructive role,
then the following suggestions are recommended, and membership
c·onstituted accordingly:
1. That all plans by the Housing Authority, Model Cities
Group, Planning Department and others related to rehabilitation and
renewal be presented to the Citizens Advisory Committee or its
Executive Committee during the development and before approva l so
that the Committee may per f orm its functions of review and be ' in
position to advise, and so tha t t he Commi ttee can help sell the
programs through a real unders \a nding of the plans and their importance
to the City.
2. That the b usiness community continue its active
financial participation in the staff cos t s of this program, perhaps
to the extent of 1/3 of staff cos ts, with the City paying 2/3 of
such cost.
3. That the staff offices be housed in City Hall as close
to the Mayor and Assistant hlayor as possible.
4. For retirement purposes and o t her City benefits, that
the Executive Director be an employee of the City of Atlanta.
5.
following:
That duti e s o f the Ex ecutive Director include t h e
a.
Primarily serving the Chairma n of the Citizens
Advisory Committee on Urban Renewal,
b.
Provide lia ison between the Ma yor's Off ice and
CACUR throug h continuous communication with the
Chairman,
c.
Keep well - informed on various activities related
to urban r e newa l by cont inuous communic a tion with
the City Pl a nning Dep a r t me nt, Atlant a Hous ing
Author ity, Mod e l Ci t ies St aff and others work i ng
on r e ne wal r e late d a c t ivi t i es,
d.
Throug h newslette r s a nd other communications,
keep Executive Commi ttee a nd f ull Commit tee
well - inf ormed on renewa l ma tt e r s ,
e.
Su gges t p ertine nt age nd a it e ms a nd rev iew wi t h
t he Chairma n f or Execu ti ve and f ull Commi tt e e
meetings; make all ar r a n g ements ,
f.
Preparation o f the ne c essary re p or t s and documenta t ion
for certification of the Workable Program
insofar as applicable to citizens participation,
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PA.GE FOUR
g.
That he const antly seek ways to strengthen
renewal activity and citizens understanding
of and participation therein,
h.
Preparation of frequent news releases aimed
at building public understanding and support,
~.
Maintain good lines of communications with
othe r or ga nizations such as the Community
Relations Commission, Atlanta Youth Council,
and others.
6. That a c arefully picked cross - section of established
and rising community leaders be developed, reviewed by the Chairman,
and appointed by the Ma yor.
( A sub-committee exists on inactive
status at the pleasure of the Chairman , ready to propose a list
of nominees as soon as the mission of the Committee i s agreed upon.
This sub-committee cons ist s of R. W. Bivens, Doris Lockerman and
W. L. Calloway . )
7. That an Executive Committee be appointed, such Executive
Committee to consist o f 8 to 12 persons.
8. The Executive Committee shall meet monthly; and the
full Committee shall meet quarterly.
9. That special sub-committees shall be appointed as
necessary by the Chainnan to accomplish specific purposes.
10.
In summary, that the Citizen Advis ory Committee for
Urban Renewal aspire toward achieving a higher standard of excellence
in the building and renewal -o f our great City to serve better our
present and future generations.
Because of the time element involved Mr. Bivens stated that the
Executive Committee should study the revised list of members (the
names that were passed out to each member of the Executive Committee),
so that names could be taken off or others added.
The Chairman agreed. to discuss this at the next Executive Comm'ittee
Meeting next month.
The Chairman stated that by 1972 all the money will be used up
out of the City funds to build housing (matching funds for NDP areas)
that the plan now used is that you must pay as you go.
Mr. Richard Rich stated that therefore money is ne eded before any
action can be taken. Discussion ensued between the Chairman and Mr.
Rich on clarification of the matter.
Mr. Edgar sc'hukra ft stated that he has been working on the West
End project for about 18 months with the Park Street Methodist Church
about building a shopping center. He stated that he wrote the Housing
Authority but as yet has not heard from them.
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PAGE FIVE
The Chai r man then a s k ed if there any objections to having an
analysis of the West End Project first on the agenda for the next
meeting. There were no objections.
The Chairman then stated that the agenda for the next meeting
would be:
I.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Analysis of the West End Project
Bivens Report
New Budget
New Members
Sta gg ered Terms
Sub-Comm ittees
Financial Si t uation of U.R. Program (status of
matching funds)
Mr. Padgett stated that it should be re commended to the Mayor
that all members have sta gg ered t~rms.
Dr. Langdale then aske d if 2:00 P.M. was a better time for having
the meetings? Everyone agr eed.
Col. Jones then presented Dr. Langdale with the Financial Report
and a draft of the CAC UR 's Proposed Budget.
The meeting was adjourned at 4 :35 P. Mo
Respectfully submi tted,
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