Box 5, Folder 1, Document 8

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Box 5, Folder 1, Document 8

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Housing Resources Committe/1-'
October 8, 1969
. The regular monthly meeting of the Housing Resources Com1nittee was held at
10: 30 A. M., Wedne s day, October 8, 1969, in Committee Room 2, Second Floor, City
Invitational notice, Agenda, list of those inv-ited, with attendance of members
and guests indicated, and other related documents are attached to the file copy of
these minutes.
Chairman Alexander opened the meeting by explaining the preparation of, and
filing by the City on September 19, 1969, an application for consideration by HUD for
designation of Atlanta as a prototype housing site City, under 11 0peration Breakthrough 11 ;
that two sites were proposed, i.e., a fragmented site in 3 portions in the Model Cities
area and a 33. 6 acre composite site at the intersection of Carrol and Harvill Roads, N. W . .
It was also explained that Atlanta had been omitted in the initial invitations by
HUD and that a very short time was available in which to prepare and submit the
application, after Atlanta was invited to do so. The Chairman complemented Urban
East, Hou s ing Con s ultant Firm, which assembled the application, and other participants
in preparation of the application, including Model Cities, Housing Authority, Planning
Department, State Planning Bureau, Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and Metropolit an
Planning Com1nission. He also commented on favorable supporting endorsements
submitted by a large number of Agencies, . business firms, religious groups and civic
Schedule was announced as follows:
July 11, 1969
Briefing Session {original - did not
include Atlanta)
September 19, 1969
Proposals Due
October 3, 1969
HUD will complete preliminary
site evaluation
October 17, 1969
HUD inspection teams will complete
site inspections
November 28, 1969
HUD will announce selection of eight
p r ototype sites
Page Two
January 1, 1970
Sites must be cleared and ready for
March 1, 1970
Site improvements will begin
June 1, 1970
First housing units will be shipped
and installed
July 1, 1970
Construct ion and testing period begins.
HUD will control l and through leases,
options to purchase and purchases. HUD
will assume management control of the
demonstration program.
July 1, 1971
Housing units will be sold and occupied.
Mr. Howard Openshaw, Director of Redevelopment of the Housing Authority was
then called upon to present the over all Neighborhood Development Program Proposed
Activities for 1970.
Mr. O penshaw summarized the propos e d overall program as shown in the attached
(Encl. 1) and emphasized the proba ble neces s ity for cut back, as indicated in letter of
S eptember 23, 1969, from Region III of HUD (attache d as part of Encl. 1).
Mr . Opens haw th e n introduced Mr. Robe rt Barnett, Project Manager of the
Vine City NDP project and Mrs. Dorothy Bolden, Vi ce-Chairman of the Vine City PAC
(Project Area Committee ).
Mr. Barnett very ably explained in detail the process used in developing the
plan, through citizen participation (planning with citizens of the area rather than
for them) and coordination with various agencies involved. He showed the current
overall plan as approved by the PAC and the specific area marked out for execution
in 1970. The overall plan includes: a 24- acre park, commercial area, garden type
apartment s (no mor e than 2 story), town houses, singl e-family r es ide nces, and a
community area (including a day care center). The proposed activities for the 1970
target area are shown in enclosure 1.
Mr. Openshaw then introduced Mr. Harry Adley, President of Adley and Associates
and Mr. Fred Kerpel and M r. Lavern Parks, ass ocia t ed with Mr. Adley, C ons ultant s
for the Edgewood NDP a rea. He also introduc e d Mr . Curtis Parrish, Project M a n ager ,
Edgewood NDP.
Mr. Adley made an excellent color slide presentation of the development process
and resulting plans of the Edgewood (formerly known as East Atlanta ) NDP area. See
enclosure 1 for proposed activities for 1970.
In order to conserve time , further dis cussion of proposed activities i n the NDP
areas was concluded.
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The Chairman then asked Mr. if there was anything the HRC could
do to assist in preventing the drastic cut back in Atlanta I s anticipated Federal capital
grant funds for 1970 ?; and called upon HRC members for comment. Motion was 1nad
by Mr. Frank Clarke, seconded by Mr. Richard Harvey and after considerable discussion,
was unanimously adopted that a letter be written to the Secretary of HUD, with copy to the
Regional Administrator, pointing out the disastrous effects such a cut back would have
on Atlanta I s current and future NDP activities and urging that every consideration possible
be extended Atlanta in not reducing the Federal capital grant funds. (Copy of letter
to Secretary Romney is attached, Encl. 3 ).
The Chairman then called on reports from Panel Chairmen, starting with Mr.
Frank J. Clarke, Chairman of the Construction and De sign Panel.
Mr. Clarke presented a formal written rel?ort of his Panel, copy attached {Encl.
2), which includes:
His Panel's planned activities for the remainder of 1969;
A proposed letter for Mayo·r Allen to deliver to his successor
recommending continuation of the HRC and the activities of the
Construction and Design Panel;
A report developed in his office by an Urban Corps intern pertaining
to Atlanta's Codes.
Mr . . Clarke recommended that the report on codes be accepted by the HRC and
copies transmitted to the Building Official and Chairman of the Building Committee,
Board of Aldermen. The Chairman asked if there was any objections? As there was
no objection from any member of the HRC, _this will be done.
Courtesy copies of the report on codes had previously been presented to Mr.
W. R. Wofford, Building Official, before presentation of the report to the Housing
Resources Committee.
Mr. "\'vofford, who had previously been invited to the meeting, responded
unfavorably to the report on codes and specifically requested that certain members of
his Department be permitted then to express their views and reactions to portions of
the report which pertain to their special activities. The Chairman consented.
Mr, Wofford then introduced the following members of his Department: Mr. W.
A. Hewes, Senior Administrative Assistant, Mr. Norman Koplon, Structural Engineer,
Mr. Wylie W. Mitchell, Chief Plumbing Inspector, Mr. E. F. (Red) Wise, Chief
Electrical Inspector, Mr. W. H. Goodwin, Assistant Chief Electrical Inspector and
Mr. Romer Pittman, Assistant Chief Plumbing Inspector.
Mr. Koplon, Mr. Mitchell and Mr . Wise presented their views on the report.
They were all hostile and negative in their comments and expressed strong .dissatisfactio n
with the report, insofar as it pertained to their activities .
�Page Four
Mr. Archer Smith, Chairn1an of the L egal Panel, commented tha t he did not
consider the report pertaining to the codes as criticism or condemnation of the
Building D epartment , but r a ther in the nature of an inquiry for clarification to l ayme n.
He a l s o asked Mr. Wofford that since the Atlanta Building Code is b ased on the Natio n al
Building Code, with modifications p e rtaining to Atlanta, if a n index of the changes
applicable to Atlanta only has been prepared, in order to provide quick determination
of the Atlanta changes by builde r s and architects familiar with the National Building
Code, without them h a ving to take hours of reading and comparison between the two,
in order to d ete rmine what a r e the Atlanta changes .? Mr. Wofford replied that such
has not b ee n prepar e d, but that changes can b e determined by comparison between
the two codes.
Mr. Alexander commented that if such a listing was available that it would be
quite a convenience to architects and he presumed likewise to builders.
Since it was past time to adjourn th e meeting, the Chairman announced tha t he
would not call for additional Panel Reports nor complete the re1nainder of th e Agenda.
One item of interest under Other Business {not taken up during the me eting) was
announcement September 30 by the Housing Authority of the offering for bids of the
fir st and thus far only tract of land in th e Model Cities area for redevelopment. The
offering is for a 5. 43 ac re tra ct south of Atlanta Avenue, betwe e n Conna lly and Hill
Streets, S. W. It is being offered on a fixed price basis, with design competition, for
not less than 40, nor more than 50, .units of town houses.
The meeting was adjourned at 12:10 P. M.
Respectfully submitted,
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M alc olm D. Jo es
Administrative Coordinator for Housing
Propos e d Neighborhood D evelopm ent Program for 1970
Report by Chairman, Construction and Design P ane l, d ated Sept. 3 0, 19 69
Copy, letter to Secretar y Romney, dated O c t. 8, 1969

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