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May 6, 1968
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Honorable H. Ralph Taylor
Assistant Secretai·y
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Dear Secretary T aylor:
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Your letter of April 22 informing us of the proposed low-cost
housing experiment by HUD in pe 1·haps 20 cities having Model
Clties g r ants is m.o st intrig uing. We definitely want you to include
Atlanta on your list as one of the cities w illing to coope rate in the
deve lopment of innovative techniques , pa:rticularly in our extensive
M o del Cities area, in interest of generating increased levels and
reducing constr uction costs of dwelling units for low-inco m .e
families.
On May 2 our Housing Resources Committee adopted a Resolution
1·ecommending early sel ection and deve lopment for low-income
housing, as s oon as possible, of approximately a. ten acre
po1·tion of the w or st residential section of ou1· Model Cities ..,
area, through "advance l and acquisition" procedure.
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We have also been approached by an Engineer , reputable local
Contractor and Architect team which is anxious to obtain a site
in our Model Cities area for construction of several hundred units
of high density (4 0 units per acre ) low-income housing, using a
"patent applied for 11 concept of precast concrete general pur pos e
angle slabs that can be cast on-site and installed with a minhnum
of equipm.ent and using p rimarily untrained local labor.
The principal in this team, Mr. John :McNamara, Engineer of
Savannah, Georgia, I understand h a s a l ready contacted a couple
o! your people in Washington ab out hi s concept - Mr . Po1·ter Driscoll,
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Secretary Taylor
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Director, Architectural Division, FHA in HUD, and Mr. Deman,·
Assistant Commissioner for Technical Standards in HUD.
We hope that you will keep us advised of the progress of this housing
experiment and assure you of our desire to participate and willingness
to cooperate in this venture.
Sincerely yours,
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