Box 5, Folder 16, Document 19

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August 11, 1967

Memorandum To? Mayor Allen
From: Malcolm Jones

The action of the Zoning Committee yesterday in turning dow the re-zoning
of a 51 acre tract off Browntown Rd. (Zoning Petition #2-67-12h-D) from Mel
and R-5 to A-l for Turnkey development was very disappointing to those of us
working in promotion of housing for low-income families. More serious however
is the discouragement to owners, sponsors and developers of other tracts under
consideration for inclusion in the low-income housing program for both Turnkey

and 221 d@ (3) development.

I recommend that you ask the Board of Aldermen to defer action on this
petition, rather than to turn it dow, when it comes before them August 21.

The advantage of such action would be to at least delay a turndom, which
would prohibit future consideration of the site for 16 months, and would perhaps
maintain a ray of hope in sponsors and developers for other low-income housing
projects under consideration.

This tract is one of only 5 thus far tentatively approved by HUD for Turnkey,
after 9 months of effort. Of the remaining four, one 15 acre tract requires
re~zoning and besides the owner has not yet agreeds another 20 acre tract is
zoned appropriately but the ower has not yet agreed to sell for this purpose.
Se ee Peer nn ream mere SO ee OE See Saen IOD


The Browntown Rd. site is now zoned predominately M-1. It had the favorable
recommendation of the Planning Board and the formal unanimous support and
endorsement of the Executive Group of the Housing Resources Committee.

If the City cannot get this site re-zoned for low-income housing, I see
little prospect for favorable action on others. The amount of vacant land
in the City currently zoned A-1 is just not adequate (as can be confirmed by
various sponsors and developers) to meet the needs o
program (see attached report). The 802 acres of vacant land indicated as zoned

land is not all available however, as some of it is too expensive;

are not willing to sell for low-income housings some sites are too
small to be profitable; some, although otherwise suitable, will not meet HUD's
policy because of location in racially identifiable areas; and other reasons.

Therefdrecwe must depend to a large extent on ability to re-zone qualified
sites to meet the requirements. If that cannot be done (we have already had
several failures), solution of the problem becomes extremely difficult if not
impossible under current practice. We may thus have to resort to other procedures


Malcolm D, Jones
Supervisor of Inspection Services


ect Director of Governmental Liaison
Chairman, Housing Resources Canmmittee

Enel: HRC Memorandum dated August 9, 1967

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