Box 18, Folder 23, Complete Folder

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Apr i l 12 , 1967
MEMORANDUM TO :
Mr> . Cecil A. Al e:i<.&nder,, Chairma
Housing Resou~ces Committ e
Durin t he past s ever a l weeks I havo b come i ncrea ingly concerned over
pr egress (or perhaps lack of it ) bei ng made in get ting many of our propoG d low cost
hous ing pr oj cts off the ground . V r y f w have a ct ually made it. t hu far . Rec ntly
a t le st ei ht ( 8 ) devel op rs have talked with e serious l y abou l.t. Tbey a ra·, becoming qu.i.to apprehens ive about t h succes of t h progr am , unle s s s o ~ of t he cur~ nt
ugge ted withdr a ing f r o t he
ob tacles and roadblocks are r mov d and several hav
program ent i r ely .
port on probl em areas , r o ntly pr epared f or th Ex cut iv
Tho summary
Group m t ing of t h Hous i ng R s ourc s Committe , pril l G, t ends to bri ng t he probl em
into sharp f'ocu. Of l ~gi t i ma't pr opooa.ls which h vo l ady be n mad • 4900 unit a
i n j op rdy . The principal probl ems ar t he f ollowing :
l . Difficulty ror dev l op r in obt ining cuitabl l nd at pr>i c s
whi ch m k devel op nt of l ow cost hou ing economicall y fa ibl .
2. Const nt opposition by singl e family home own r to part nt
and co- op dev l o~m nts nywh r in t he general a
in which they l i ve .
3 . Li itation on avail. i.lity of its consider d" xc l l nt 11 by FHA ;
nd FHA '
xtr
con ervat is on · pproving sit
in p:roxi ity to
other approved itas , for far of luttin the ark tin uoh ar s .
4.
zonin
of the Pl nnin Dep
to support n c
in cert in reae for which en r l pl ns h ve b en
eont mpl t d for otb r typ of d velopm nt in the f utlll'e .
5~ Opposition by ~AACP and local N
of additional low eo th u in
p do n t ly by N roe. Th
in FHA . Th
h
tre ly d tr
6.
l -, in HUD to
which thy consid
hi is bin
lo
ry eerioua nd c~itic l t g
ached
"I'
l to the pro ra •
ry
J'8•
de or ,
construction
occ-upi d
r fl et d
nd i
Diff iculty, polit ically , bee u of n i ghborho d obj ctions to get
ite f or lo cot housi •


rezoning of av 11 bi


�Mr. Cecil A. AleKandez,
Page 2.
One barometer of the aoriouoness of the problem is indicated by the decreas ing
number of housing units permitted in Atlanta in recent ye rs:
1963 - 9129;
1964 • 3829;
1965 - 2656;
1966 - 2382
Still another problem is the difficulty;
ith cu1•rent facilitLs , in kee ing
up with the program and timely fol low through on all proposed
February 20, we had. 59 knovm pt1oposal s .
It is virtually impos i bl
developm nts.
On
Today we have ?O and the number is incr asing .
under our present sy'tem fo~ one p rson, myself , to timely
fol l ow up on all proj ct,s as . clos&ly a
is desirabl
or e"'sential to insur
their
successful execution.
Furthennot-e, our Com ittee 9-n le have not t hus, far
Ke ping contact with them is a~F~ v·'job ~ithin its lf.
Q.OIV);t<J f'Y'I
Q~
tl"on
repro
s I am bocoming mor
and mor
current difficulty with HUD 1
I do not s...
how the City can fford to los on thi issu
atisf ctorily r solved at the loc l level, but will r qui
ntatiom:. from th
· yor directoto Wac;hington .
8 . lmpl m nt John Cherry '
suggestion of settin
p opl ( Realtor, financier~ Site Pl n r, Arehit ct, Build rand when
Nonprofit Spon .. r) . Thi i p'rh ps th
problem.
consciou
ug et the following :
n all out .effort b made to resolve th
A..
r,oven v ry prcductiv •
I ~'
Consequently, as the program progr
of then c ssity for a change in procedure; and
pr . ot d by the .lAACP.
I doubt that it can be
i
E oh team could thus b
given
I
and
of key
t
• ·
L cifia
units to produc . Ten uch te m with assignment
each
ms
to st rt with . Thia would produc s.ooo unit (or on year ' s goal for the progra ).
Such proc dure would lso p rmit a pyr iding of dmini tration thro h th Hou i
R ource Committ e• in s unu:h s we could then d l vith only on@ sel cted indivi ual
(C ptain) of aeh te
This would lso automatically broad nth bas of responsibility
end ffo~t a ....
the
v r l k y peopl on each t
, rather than i avi
it all to
individual d v lo
oth rd v lop rs, of cour I would not be di
nd or
't
would be
for l ndln t
i tance and advic to them wb
1 ......
c. Initiat conaret
Corporation; with ·d qu te funds•
rel ere tion of
llou ing Dev lop nt
i sion imil 1• to th on in Phil d lphi •
D. Alo , an duo tion l pro N
bould be conduct d fo'f:'
(Board of Ald rmen and Plann1n · Do rd) to thoroug ly acqu int th 1
hou ing nd dv nt g
of th progr land with th
p ople th
•lv can help ~ath r th n hind r th
be dooe through lay gI"oup. Th Bo rd of Ald
th• p:robl
confrontina the Hou in Re~ourc
ia ion and their wbol heart d cooper tion
r: . A e~i~s
of cle r t lking 1
tr ight from th
tion
re n eded •s tor quire nt and ob t cl
and radio pr s
d w
c •• Thi i v•ry uch in ord•~ now. (A typical ex pl f this
itt
hearing A ril , ( #2-67~3 -G ) io hich petition to re
i th Zonin
20 ...a r
tl"&ot
off .Brmme
ill Ro d fro

M-1 to A•l, t

er it con truct!on of 264 unit
�Mr. C cil A. Alexander
Pag J.
of 221 d ( 3) co-op sales housing was denied, over rulin the Joing Planning Board
recommend tion; because people in the general neighborhood apparently did not under ...
stand what was proposed and about a dozen p ople froo the area app ar din opposition
t the hearine. This oppo ition
led the rezoning and may cause the d ath of the

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prcJect.
F. Re~oning is need d of substantial tracts of vacant Industri land low
density Residential land to hiBher density Residential, ith ce.rt in portions eaxarkcd for- low cost housing . In this conn ction 9 major pol.icy decisions at"e necessary
as to which is to have preference ; continuation of existing zoning in anticipation of
futur development , which may neve~ mat rialize. or making suitable locations
avail.able now to eet the Cityis urgent need for low aost bousiug .. In thb conocction.
three specific pl nm. Collier Heights, Boulder P rk and the Peyton Road area , al l p rha.pG
well oonceiv d at the time they wero pr parod , constitute the majority of the open land
arc in t:he western pat-t of th City and most of it is currently reserved for in le
family development at ve~y low den ity. Tha aurrent n ds of th City fo~ high rd n ity
develop ent; require a roconGideration nd valu tion of thos pl n . The R-4 Zoning
in the hulk of t h S venth Ward, much of it open lan<.i, fo ooth r exampl.
R co
oon as pos ible.
~d th
procedures p:ropos din A -
r
above be pl c din
Ro p c1:fully,
Kalaollll D. Jons
Sup rvisor of Ins
ltDJ s o
CC:
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yor Ivan Allen, Jr.
Mr. Dan E. Sve t, Jr.
ction S rviceo
ffect as
�THE VECTOR COMPANY
1204 KEN E SAW AV E N U E • K N OXV ILLE, TENNESSEE 37 9 19. ( 6 15) 5 88 •2435
April 14, 1967
Mayor I van Allen
68 Mitchell Street S.W.
City Hall
Atl anta, Georgia
Dear Mayor Allen,
I am writing this letter t o you as one of t he developers f or t he pr oposed
low rent turnkey housing f or your city and at t he suggestion of Mr. Cecil
Al exander wit h whom I have di s cussed our problem or st alemate as it now
appears .
So that you might be able t o more clearl y ~iew our posi tion I wil l attempt
to give you a brief background : We and our real estate agents spent
many hours and days scouring Atl anta f or the best possible sites from
September to November 1966, and we final ly narrowed our findings to two;
one of which is the Ekipper and Harwel l Road site. In earl y November we
presented same to the Atl anta Housing Authority who together with the
Regional Housing Authority gave us approval for same per copy of letter
enclosed of November 21, 1966. I also wish to call to your attention the
fact that the regional officials together with the project planner from
HAA and two officials from Washington visited thi s site and all expressed
their approval of same.
Therefore, based on this approval, we proceeded to hire the firm of Good
and Goodstein, Architects, Knoxville, Tennessee, who have been the Architects for fifteen to twenty Low Rent Housing Projects in the past five
years, and therefore are cognizant of the requirements and procedunes of
Low Rent Housing. The Architects, The Atlanta Housing Authority officials,
the Regional Authority officials and ourselves have had many meetings
during the past five and one half months in order to be able to present
our preliminary proposal which we did on March 30, 1967. We have all
worked together without any knowledge of there being any objection to the
proposed location. We have spent between $30,000.00 and $35 ,000.00 in
actual costs becsuse we were assured that the property was approved by
everyone concerned and we have designed what we believe to be excellent
apartments costing nearly $20,000.00 per unit.
EARLS.
WORSHAM• ME L V I N
T.
GOLD B ERGER. REA L
ESTATE
DEVELOPMENT

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�THE VECTOR COMPANY
1204 KENESAW AVENUE• KNOXV ILL E , TENNESS EE 37 91 9 . (6 1 5) 5 88• 2 4 35
April 14, 1967
Page Two
We truly are very distre ssed that t he pr oject i s being hel d i n abeyance as
we had set up a time schedule f or the various phases set up in the "'furbkey" program, one of which being t he "letter of intent " phase wherein we
are then able to exercise our land option and t his stoppage pl aces our
land purchase in a predicament as well as our aforementioned costs.
We are aware of the great and urgent need f or this housing by the City
of Atlanta and your desire to cooperate in every manner and we wanted you
to know to what extent we had gone in attempting to help sol ve this
housing shortage and of course we stand ready and willing to assist in
whatever manner you think we might be able.
Hoping rthat you will be able to solve this dilemna in the very near future.
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The Vector Company
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cc :M. B. Satt erfield
Cecil Alexander
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EDWIN L., GTERNli: .
M, O. GATTERFIEL.O
CHAIRMAN
1'.XllCUTIV£ DIRECTOR ANO 0(CAltTAAY
GEORGE 6. CRAF"T
CARL.TON GARRETT
VIC' CHAIRMAN
DIRECTOR 0,- f'INANC£
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J, B, BL.AY,ON '
GIL.BERT H, OOGGG
JOHN 0, CHIL.EG
DIR£CTOA .0 '1' HOil»INQ
FRANK G, E,HERIOG&:
GEORGE R, GANDER
Ti.CHNICAI. Dl~J.CTOA
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ATLANTA, GEORGIA
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JACK&ON 3•6074
Nbvember ?l, 1966 ·
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Mr. Stuart Davis
Schaffer· Realty Company
66 Pryor Street, N. E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
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Daar Yir. Davis:
We have visited the proposed
11turnkey 11 site on Harwell Road, ·
previously referred to as the Diplomat Apartments site, and
are prepared to receive a proposal from you in accordance
with Paragraph H Page 3 of Section 2o6 .6 of the Low-Rent
Housing Manual. ·
Please let ~s -know·
it there are any further 1questions.
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Sincerely yours,
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M. B. Satterfield
Elcecutive Direct
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Mr. John ·E. Lyle -= :
Housing Assistance Administration


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