Box 5, Folder 11, Document 97

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Box 5, Folder 11, Document 97

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January 2, 1968
Special meeting sponsored by the Housi~ Resources Committee of key
individuals involved in low-income housing, (in accordance with Item 1 of
Chairman Alexander's proposals at the Annual Housing Resources Committee
Meeting of December 14, 1967) was held at 11:00 a.rn. this date, in Committee
Room 2, Second Floor, City Hall.
The following invited participants attended the meeting:
Mr. Cecil A. Alexander, Chairman
Alderman John M. Flanigen, Chairman, Zoning Committee
Mr. Collier B. Gladin, Director of Planning
Mr. Howard Op)enshaw, Director of Redevelopment, Housing Authority,
representing Mr. Lester A. Persells
Mr. Gilbert Boggs, Direc~or of Public Housing, Housing Authority,
representing Mr. Edwin L. Sterne
Mr. Ralph Johnson, Chief Underwriter, FHA, representing Mr. John
A. Thigpen
Mr. Robert L. Sommerville, Olairman, CACUR
Mr. Dan E. Sweat, Jr., Director of Governmental Liaison
Alderman Rodney M. Cook, Chairman, Planning and Development Committee,
Mr. Jim Crawford, Chairman, Atlanta-.F 'ulton County Joint Planning Board, and
Dr. Vivian Henderson, Acting Chairman, Land Acquisition Panel, Housing
Resources Committee, did not attend.
Additional guests included Mr. William S. Howland, Executive Director,
Citizens Advisory Committee for Urban Renewal, Mr. Al Roland,- Chief Appraiser,
FHA, and several members of the press.
Chairman Alexander presided.
Mr. Alexander opened the meeting by explaining its general purpose i.e.
to provide an opportunity for key individuals involved with low-income housing
in the City to get together, compare notes, and exchange ideas with view to
accomplishing more effective coordination.
He advised that over all prospects are good for finalizing establishment
of a City of Atlanta non-profit Housing Development Corporation, being sponsored
by Mr. Lee Burge's committee, which, am0ng other things, might:
Provide seed money to local neighborhood non-profit
Bank land for future low-income housing developments.
Assist in sustaining neighborhoods; and
(4) Although officially limited to housing activities within
the City limits, we hope eventually to involve the metropolitan area.
Mr. Alexander then told about a non-profit organization that had
recently formed, called Interfaith Inc., consisting of Catholic, Episcopal,
Presbyterian and Unitarian churches, in which John Steinichen is the moving
force. He urged that this group be given full cooperation by all concerned
with low-income housing.
Mr. Alexander then referred to the ten point s he had specifically
mentioned at the December 14, Annual Meeting of the Housing Resources
c.ommittee (included in the minutes) and announced that the Housing Resources
Committee is interested in ~etting housing in all sections of the City. He
then proceeded to raise a variety of points for discussion and called upon
various participants for their views and comments on specific items.
The discussion which followed was healthy and tended to pinpoint sane
of the under-lying features which contribute to the difficulty encountered
in meeting the City's goals for low-income housing, These all seemed to
stem from the following factors, which evolved as the essence of the meeting:
Lack of any one body or individual empcn,ered to make top level
policy decisions essential to the program and to see that they
are carried out effectively, (The structural organization of
the City, in this as in other fields, appears to be the primary
cause. )
Breakdown in communications and inadequate coordination of
efforts of various Departments and Agencies involved in the
program for carrying out a general plan to meet a specific
time schedule ,
The necessity for establishment of definite time schedules
for matt ers essential to the low-income housing program~ For
example: establishment of supporting community facilities;
.wditional proposed Urban Renewal Projects; initiation of
devel,opment of some units in areas already known to require
l~i:QCOme housing, such as in Vine City and the Model Qi.ties
area, even though . complete requirements and all specific
locati~ .may not yet be determined.
Mr. Gladin was called upon to comment on the Model Cities Project. He
discussed how his Department is trying to tie in housing requirements for
five years with the Bedford-Pine and Model Cities areas; that exact housing
r equirements for the Model Cities area are not yet known; that planning funds
in the amount of $172,000 have been made available, whereas $500,000 was
requested; that new housing in the Model Cities area is several years off,
with the possible exception of the proposed Stadium site; that we have always
had to wait until we could get into an area before any actual new housing
could be built; that if we could get someone interested in the Stadium site ,
four decks of parking could be built between Capitol and Frazier Streets,
South of Fulton, and development of a platform for housing above this; that
the Zoning Committee has suggested that applications for re-zoning in the
Model Cities area be held up for six months; that "we" are trying to work
out Housing Code enforcement policy in the area during the next six months;
that the planning stage covers twelve months from November 15, 1967; that a
r evised work program proposal is being considered today; that the next deadline is May 1 for determining of types of treatment needed; the time from
then to September 15 will be devoted to detailing (application due in to
HUD t hen); HUD to review by October 15; that November 1 is the deadline for
utilization of the first year's allocation of planning funds; that we should
have an indication by the first of March of what our first year's development
allocation will be; that initial development should be in areas similar to
Hill Street and Grant Park that are substantial and which are not likely to
change very much; that citizen participation is being emphasized; that
citizens shouldn't feel that a plan has already been developed before they
have a chance t o indicate their desires.
Mr . Alexander expressed hope that there will be a positive effor t mad~
in accordance with t he plans developed by t he proj e ct Executive Committ ee, to
invit e developer s to s ee the land that i s to be used for apartments, etc.
Mr. Alexander then explained the proposal of attempting to locate Turnkey
developments in s everal areas of the City and express ed hope that t he Hous i ng
Author ity woul d make a posi tive effor t toward l ocating some of t he Publ ic
Housing required.
Mr. Gladin s t at ed that his Department is t rying t o come up with a
pr oposal of perhaps t en sites f or Turnkey t o mee t our total r equirements
and on which to get allo cations for the r emainder of the five - year progr am.
He pointed out t hat we need a package proposal f or getting our total r equirements .
Mr. Boggs stated that Public Housing may be pla ced in Ur ban Renewal
projects, in t hose areas which the Hous i ng Authority owns the l and.
Mr. J ones stated t ha t i n order t o get start ed earl y on additional
housing in the Model Cities area we could a s sume that there is need for
some Public Housing in the area and that perhaps some areas could be selected
�now and started on, even if we do not yet know the total requirements; that
it can be anticipated when so many people are to be dislocated, a certain
percentage of them would need Public Housing.
Mr. Alexander stated that there is apparently little use being made
of Limited Dividend.
Mr. Johnson said FHA has several projects under construction and others
being considered. He cited Gartrell Court, College Plaz~, and Park West
1, 2, and 3, as examples. He also stated that there is a $32 million unused
allotment in the Rent Supplement program plus $10 million additional and
also. a $1 billion fund has been allocated by insurance companies for Rent
Supplement and similar loans; that s everal Rent Supplements are under
consideration in the area (one is in Marietta and four in Metropolitan
Atlanta). One Atlanta Rent Supplement project is now under construction.
Mr. Johnson said that FHA will consider row-type housing under 221 d (2)
mortgages, if separate real estate entities exist.
With respect to a suggestion that 11 Economix11 be used, Mr. Sommerville
said he feels that "Econ.omix" will not work except in certain residential
Mr. Jones stated that an example of what he thought would work is
townhouses which might be built in certain r esidential areas and cited as
an example a 12-14 a cre tract in r ear of existing single family houses
constructed on very deep lots in an R-5 area, on which he sugges t ed townhouses
might be built; and that there are many other similar areas in the City which
are not now serving any useful purpose and might be developed in this manner.
Mr. Johnson said this is what he was talking about when he mentioned
that FHA would insure row-housing under 221d (2) ; that the two main probl ems
are getting the neighbors to agree to apartments being built and getting the
land re-zoned for higher density.•
Mr. Alexander asked if FHA foreclosure properties could be obtained
and whether t he Housing Authorities could .run ads for such?
Mr. Boggs said this could be don0 , but hasn't been tried here, that the
Housing Authority is negotiating for l easing; 162 units have already been
leased and that an additional 175 units are about to be leased.
Mr. Alexander s t ated t hat some way should be set up whereby the
developers could build public facilities such as schools, outfall s ewers,
etc,., if needed to serve proposed developments, and lease them to the City
until such time as the City is in a position to acquire them.•
Mr. Sommerville comtnented that School Superintendent Letson said this
is not legal in Georgia.
Mr. Alexander stated that if this a good approach, perhaps the Georgia
law should be modified; that if neighborhoods and cities could become
interested in getting schools built , inadequate schools would not be a
problem when new housing developments are built.
Mr. Alexander expressed a desire for the School Department to be
repres ented at the next meeting.
Ya-, Jones advised that Dr. Womack of the School Department gets a copy
of the Low-income Housing Inventory r eports every 60 days, but the problem
is that by the time the propos ed locations get on the report, if the
f acilities are not already provided for, it is usually too late.
Mr . Sommerville asked if Georgia school funds could not be ~sed? The
answer was not readily availableMr . Alexander s aid that Federal funds may be available for leases in
t hese s ituations, as an e couragement to builders , and have been used i n
other parts of the country; that the School Department would eventual ly buy
the s cho.o ls •
Mr . Alexander then asked wher e Vine City now stands in terms of the
ef f ort t p ge t the Vine City Urban Re newal Project under way and if funds
are avai lable ?
Mr. Gladin said t hey have or ganized a communi ty group r ecogniz ed by
the City. A r epor t i s being made by the City along with the group ; t hat
an Ur ban Renewal Project is required to all eviat e problems in the Vine Ci t y
area; t hat the s chool whi ch is under development there would give the City
the l argest capital improvement credit to be used in meeting the City's
one-third share of' t he cost of an Ur ban Renewal Pr oject; t .h at we have only
about three years left in whi ch to take credi t f or thi s f acilit y,
Mr. Alexander expres sed t he opi nion that t he City needs a t ime-table
to get rid of the worst areas throughout t he City.
Mr. Gladin admitted that the Nash-Bans Project is dragging; t hat SO%
of his staff will soon go to the Model Cities Project; that the Planning
and Development Committee should come back and ask the citizens what they
want, or tell them that they should be willing to go along with an Urban
Renewal plan to be developed by the Ci:t,y.
Mr. Alexander then asked if this did not essentially resolve itself
to responsibility of Mr-t Cook's Committee? Mr~ Gladin agreed that it did.
Mr. Flanigen then asked why is there so much delay on all Urban
Renewal Projects?
Mr~ Gladin explained that delay in the Vine City area was caused by
an attempt to involve people in the community; that we are waiting for them
to docide what they want.
Mr~ Alexander again emphasized the necessity for deadlines in planning
and stated that he felt the City should move on its principal proposed
projects in accordance with a time schedule; that it is well to involve
people in the area, but they should be given a time limit for coming up
with their proposals and if they did not meet that schedule, the City should
go ahead and develop -plans and submit its own plan for the Urban Renewal
Project; that if we are to eliminate slums, at some point the City must
move into its worst areas,
Mr. Boggs said authorizations by City government for Public Housing
b another problem; and that federal funds can now only be used in an areaif there is housing and employment for the poor.
Mr, Oppenshaw said that Federal funds are limited and that timing of
submittal of projocJ;_ npplic~tion8 is all.inPortn.nt; that every Urbe.n RenewaJ.
Project in Atlanta has been amended and that takes additional time. He
then quoted figures as to the number of Public Housing units under construction and planned for Urban Renewal Projects,
Mr. Johnson said that the Rockdale project now has an FHA commitment
for 600 units; that FHA has reviewed the ( Central) Methodist Church plan md
is ready to approve it; that the Ebenezer Church program is dragging; that
according to the Housing Resources Committee Annual Report, the FHA 221
program is the furtherest advanced in meeting the City 's goals. Mr, Jones
confirmed this.
The question was raised about the slowness in getting housing started
on some of the Renewal land sites. Mr. Oppenshaw said he had recently written
to Mr. Rosen about this with respect to t he Rockdale Project. Mr. Alexander
agreed to write a letter to Mr. Robinson about the Ebenezer Church project
and also Mr. Rosen.
Mr. Alexander proposed a Workshop t;, which developers and involved
groups would be invited, to explain how we suggest developing this program,
what we have available, etc. and that key Department Heads should also be
invited. Ha asked for opinions as to this idea. Mr. Jones responded that
he thought this might be very benificial.
In summary, the necessityfor over-all decision making; timing; and
authority and res ponsibility for following through to get things done was
the essence of the meeting.
The meeting adjourned nt 12:10 p.m.
Respe ctively submitted,
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Malcolm D. Jones ...,,,,.,,. I
Supervisor of Inspe~ion Services

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