Box 1, Folder 3, Document 21

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OFFICE OF INSPECTOR OF BUILDINGS
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
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March 21, 1969
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JAM ES A. SMITH
WILLIAM R. WOFFORD, P.E . , R.A.
CHIEF HOUSING CODE INSPECTOR
INSPECTOR OF BUILDINGS
E,LMER H. MOON, E.E., P.E.
ASST. INSPECTOR OF BUILDINGS
Memorandum for File
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Mr. J. A. Smith, Chief Inspector
Friday afternoon at 2 :00 P.M. Mr. Wofford asked me to attend
a meeting with him. At the meeting were the Mayor, Mr. Sterns, -Mr.
Gladin and Mr. Openshaw. The meeting was called because of the
letter from Mr. Wofford to Mr. Landers requesting advice as to whether the Building Department should mail notices to owners to complete repairs to structures, residential structures located within
the Markham-Haynes and Lightning Areas.
It was pointed out that this would probably be and conflict
with the zoning in the area. In the discussion that followed, it
was decided that the proper method to follow would be for us to
proceed with mailing the notices to the owners for full code compliance and then when owners came in to obtain permits, they would
be informed of the need for obtaining a variance in zoning to allow
repairs to be made. At this time, owners would be referred to Mr.
Gladin who would set up a meeting before the Zoning Va riance Committee with no charge to be paid by the owners. Then, after the Vari ance Committee agreed for the repairs to be made, then the Building
Official would be clear to issue permit for said repairs.
We are planning to proceed with the mailing of notices to gen eral owners throughout these areas and in the case of Mr. Andrew
Stephens, who is one of the major owners in the area , we plan to take
a slightly different approach. Mr. Stephens last Thursday advised me
that he was anticipating a loan from Mills B. Lane, C & S Bank, to
proceed with the repair of probably every other structure which was
owned by Mr. Steph ens. He indicated that a definite plan might be
submitte d to Mr . Wofford fo r permits to be 'issue d on the se prope rties
judged s uita ble for repairs by him during the week beginning March
17th. In view of this, both Mr . Wofford and my~elf fe lt that it might
be well to hold Mr. Stephen's notices in the office at least until the
latter part of the week of the 17th to see if plans are submitted for
permits issuance. If this does not take place, I plan to contact Mr.
Stephens and as k that h e come by the office or tha t I be allowed to
meet with him at hi s conve nienc e to serve the notic es o f repairs to
him in person and po s s ibly di scu s s an amica ble me thod of r each ing a
successful conclusion to our problems in this area.
AT LANTA
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In rehabilitation areas other than those of the current action year,
~he City Building Department will part icipate i n response to compliants
undertake invest igation based on any information that indicates a
need for early in spection. New Housing Code cases will be undertaken
in accordance with Department personnel capability and on a full code
compliance basis.
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Demolition Policy - Model Neighborhood Area
The Atlanta Housing Authority i .s f-u liy -responsible for demolition
act_i vi ties in NDP current year cl earance action are as . When emergency
situations occur necessitating prompt action on particular structures
in the clearance areas, the City Building Department will become
involved by referral from the Atlanta Housing Authority.

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In demolition areas other - than - those - o ~ - current ye ar action areas,
the Building Department will become involved only on a compl iant
basis. Full code compl ianc e will be effected with the exception
that generally no installation of additional equ i pmen t or facilities
will be required. A possible exception will arise if it is determined that the failure to install add itional e qui pment may result
in immediate jeopardy to the health , s afety on general welfare of
inhabitants in a structure. -Assistance in the determination of· this exception may b e re·queste d from a "technical b o a rd
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developed in conjunction with the Model Cities Hous ing Ce nt e r and
NDP Project Office.
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It has b een furth er concluded that if a t all possible the Model Cities
Program should provide some code enforcement staff t o supplement the
limited personn el resourc es of the Building Department in the Model
Neighbo rhood Area.
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Mr. Willi am Wilk es
Mr. James Smith ·Mr. Eric Harkness
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