Box 15, Folder 5, Document 50

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTICIPATION OF MODEL NEIGHBORHOOD, INC.
IN ATLANTA MODEL NEIGHBORHOOD PROGRAM
I. General Statement
Mode l Neighborhood, Inc. is a private, non-profit corporation wholly owned by workers, residents, businessmen, and
home owners o f an older section of Atlanta that forms a
portion of the City of Atlanta's Model Neighborhood Program.
Mode l Neighborhood, Inc. was incorporated under the laws
of the State of Georgia in
February of
1968 for the
purpose of serving as a catalyst to and an instrument of
and for the economic development of a particular a re a of
Atlanta.
The Corporate Board o f Trustees feels the need f or grassroots participat ion in the Model Ne ighbo rhood Program and,
therefo re, desires to be a v ehi cle through which the peop le
o f t h e a rea c a n part icipate f ully in the physica l, social
and economic devel opment o f the Mo de l Neighborhoo d area.
Board of Trustees
Edward Moo dy , Chairman
241 Doane Street , S . W.
Atlant a, Ge o r gia 30315
Robert Alliso n
91 4 McDaniel Street , S . W.
Atlanta, Georgia
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Board of Trustees (Continued)
c. G. Ezzard
24 5 Atlanta Avenue, S. E.
Atlanta, Georgia
Nathaniel Protho
689 Ira Street
Atlanta, Georgia
Geo rge Grier
398 Glenn Street, S. W.
Atlanta, Georgia
W. M. Lewis
711 Martin Street, S. E.
Atlanta, Georgia
Avery Shields
985 Smith Street, S. W.
Atlanta, Georgia
Clark Martin
1065 McDaniel Street; S.W.
Atlanta, Georgia
Magg ie Evans
159 Little Street, S. E.
Atlanta, Georgia
Joe Stallings
101 Vanira Street, S. E.
Atlanta, Georgia
Samu e l W. Cochran
137 Vanira Stre e t, S. E .
Atlanta, · Georgia
Austin Ford
1017 Ca pitol Avenue, S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia
Activities and Pro gram Status
Nego tiations are unde rway f or purchasing two p arc els o f
land from t he At lanta Hous ing Authority.
The tracts are
across the street fr om each o ther ; together, they compri se
about fo ur a cres ; both are zoned f or commerc ial u se .
purcha se pri ce is $216,000.00
Tota l
A firm commitment has been
obtained f rom a loca l bank (Trust Company o f Ge o rg i a) to
loan the corporation the down payment necessary t o t ie up
the land while development plans are being f irmed up. The
corporation has raised from its membership and placed on
deposit sufficient funds to prepay the interest on the loan.
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Arrangements for permanent
f i nan cing (land and construction)
are under discussion with participating companies in the
insurance i ndustry's one-billion dollar loan program. The
corporation is being a ssisted by the Trust Company of Georgia
in these negotiations.
A p reliminary market study prepa red
for the corporation by Hammer, Green, Siler and Associates,
showed t hat the area could support 56,000 square feet of
convenience goods retail space.
Six hundred fift y new
units of public housing are now being occupied adjacent
t o the site.
Major oil companies are being contacted by
the corp oration for possible l e asing of combined gasoline
service and training f aciliti es in t he shopp ing ce nter .
Tentative verbal comm itments have been obtained from several
potent ial institutional tenants pend i ng the working out
of space requirements and cos ts, and a number o f area
residents have expressed desires to have the co rpo rati o n
assist them to obtain financ i ng f or proprietorsh i p businesses
wh ich would lease space in the ce n ter.
The corporation
itself is considering establish i ng a cooperat i vely owned
retail drug store which would be a tenant of the center.
The Atlanta Housing Authority and the Chairman o f the
Aldermanic Planning and Development Committee have endorsed
t h e project and are giving full support to the corporation's
e f forts.
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Representativ es of the co rporation are now negotiating
with one of the state's leading industrial firms to
establish a comp one nt assembly plant within the Model
Citie s Area under the sponsorship of the corporation.
A proposal to the industrial firm to provide financing
for a feasibilit y study is now being prepared by the
Industrial Development Division o f Georgia Tech at the
firm' s suggestion.
The co rp oration will request several
thousand dollars in the form of a loan or grant to undertake the f e a sibility study.
Members of the Board of Trustees h ave met with t he Fede ral
Housing Agenc y to expres s the corp oration's i nterest in
t he 22l(H), housing rehabilitati on pro g ram.
The Board
was advised t hat approximately $1,000 in re fundable "seed
mon e y " would be required.
Tentative agreement for a loan
for this purpose has been obtained from the Presbyterian
Ch urch of the United States.
A separate non - profit
corporation has been chartered with Emmaus House of the
Ep iscopa l Ch urch to unde rtake the 22l(H) phase of the
p r ogra m.
Board members are now reviewing the City's plans
f o r redev e lopment in the Mech anicsville and Summerhi ll
ne i ghb o rh oo d s with the p urp ose in mind to coordin ate the
corporat i o n efforts with tho s e of the Ci ty of At l anta.
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In other housing efforts, volunteer technical assistants
have been instructed to deve lop innovative alternatives
for possible housing demonstration projects within the
framework of the Federal 22l(d) (3) program.
Two area
c hu rche s have expressed desires to sponsor such projects.
Through its experience with its own program development,
its activities in the fields outlined above, its facilities
(shopping center) and capital resources obtained through
doing business and receiving loans and grants, the corporation
hope s to be the non-profit vehi cle through whi ch assistance
to a rea residents desiring to establish profit making small
businesses may be channeled .
For example, a proportion of
the shopping center space suf fi ci ent to guara n tee meeting
mortgage ret irement needs (approximately 60 percent o f t he
space) wil l be leased o nly to we ll-established tenants; the
· emainder wil l be made ava i lable as first pr iority to local
residents attempting new business ven ture s.
Dire ct technical
assistanc e to such new enterprises has been provided by
various private and g overnmenta l groups i nthe Atlanta area.
The corporation desires to contribute to redevelopment
efforts of the Model Ne i ghborhood Ar ea not only through
coordinating its own development programs with proposed
city activities, but also to act as liaison between area
residents and governmental agen cies, · to reiterate both
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criteria and suggestions of proposals through a continuing
pub lic information and idea exchange program.
The corpora-
tion intends to directly involve area residents in the planning process.
It is central to the Board's policy that the corporation
retain its "self-help" nature.
The people of the Model
Ne ighborho od Area have the abilities needed to share in
the improvement of their own community, and demonstrate
self-reliance.
The corporation can serve to spark
initiative and provide a framework within which the people
can help themselves on ly i f decision-making remains in the
hands of the people.
Wh ile the corporation will co nt inue
to seek assistance from outside the community and will continue
to give assistance within the commun ity , any assistance offered will not be acceptable unless it perpetuates this
self- help objective.
Model Ne ighborhood , Inc. seeks to join with the City of
Atlanta through the City's Model Ne ighborhood Program in
the physi cal , social, and economic development of the
Model Neighborhood.
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The c orpo r ation has defined its purpose, listed act ivities
as formulated to date and stated progress made toward t h ose
a ctivities in t h e preceding pages.
Major emphasis h as been
and cont i n ues to be p laced on the shopping cente r.
volunteer
technical assistance h as been used to explore and i mplement
the corp oration ' s ideas and d e sires, yet, such volunteer
ass i stanc e , while great l y a ppre ciate d r emains the l a rge st
r oadblock to implementation.
By its very nature, such
ass istance is always at t he leisure of the volunte e rs and
the p r o gram move s slowly as a consequence.
Rapid progre ss
wi l l be made onl y whe n the corporation has funds enough to
buy manpower .
The current c r itical nee d i s c apital to make the project
" operational ".
So urc es t o p rovide o ne hundre d pe r c ent
o f land a nd c onstruction c os ts have been l ocated .
What
is needed i s mo ney to b u y manpowe r -- both sta f f a nd
technical consultants.
Staffing requi rements are very mini ma l a t th i s p oi nt ; no
mo re than two f ull-t ime empLoyee s are necessary .
Technical assistance requirements include architectual,
legal , financia l and managerial.
It is estimated t hat as
much as $50,000 may be required eventually in order to make
the one-million dollar center operational.
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II.
Proposal
1.0
Work Statement .
Model Ne igh borhood , Inc., with the financial assistance
of the Model Ne ighborhood Program, will seek to accomplish the following activities:
1.1
To construct and manage
a shopping center .
facilit y as described in Section I .
1.2
To provide vocational training thro u gh the
facilities of the shopping center.
1.3
To stimulate the deve lopment of Negro entrepreneurship through the selection of tenants for the shopping ce nte r.
1 .4
To sponsor. the creation and ownership of a neighborhood i ndustry within the Model Neighbo rhood Area .
All of the above activities are in agreement with the
physi cal, social, and economi c deve lopmen t goals o f the
Mode l Ne i ghborhood Program.
For Model Neighborhood, Inc. to be success ful or to mak e
an attempt to successfully accomplish its activities
staffing and technical assistance are imperative.
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2.0
Staffing.
The follo wing staffing requirements are based on the
assumption that the corporation's activities listed in
section 1.0 will be implemented.
2.1
Staff
Corporate Director
Adm inistrative Director
Secretary-Bookkeeper
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Corporate Director.
The corporate director
shall be the Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
He shall be responsible for liaison between the
corporate board and the administrative director
of the corporation .
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Admin istrat ive Director.
The administrative
director shall be responsible to the corporation's
Boa rd of Trustees for performing the activities
determined by the Board to be in the best interest
of the corporation and the community.
He shall
account for all expenditure of corporate funds
and for the effective utilization of his time
and the time of his staff.
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Se c re t a r y- Bookkeepe r.
Th e s e c re tary -bookke e p er
s ha ll ma i n tain the admi n istra tive records of
the co rpora tion , i n clu di n g fi n a n cial accounts.
She s h a ll al s o s e r v e as sec r etary to t h e corp orate
and a dmi n istrative directors of t he corporation
a nd as r e cording s e cretary to the Board -of Trustees.
3. 0
Budget .
The f ol l owing budg et is f or fiscal y ear 1969, beginning
Augu st 1 , 1968 a nd e n ding July 31, 1969 .
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Staff
Corp orate Dire c tor
Adm inistrative Dire cto r
Secre t a r y - Bookkeepe r

$ 6,000
12, 0 00
4,500
$ 22 , 500
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Travel
Corporate and Admi n i strative e xpe ns e s
$
300
$
.3
300
Sundry Overhead
Telephone ($50 per month x 12)
Office Supplies ($30 per mo nth x 12)
Duplicating ($3 5 per mo nth x 1 2)
Postage ($10 per mo nth x 12)
$
600
360
42 0
120
$1,500
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Co ntractural Services
Ar c hi tectural Serv ic es
$ 7,500
Legal Serv ices ($100pe r month X 12)
1,200
Accounti ng Services ($ 100 per month x 1 2)
1,200
General Consulting Services
2 ,000
$11,900
TOTAL
$3 6 , 200

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