Box 3, Folder 3, Document 7

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Box 3, Folder 3, Document 7

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July 25, 1969
ATLANTA, GA. 30303
Tel. 522-4463 Area Code 404
R. EARL LA;~OERS, Adm inistrative Assistant
MRS. ANN M. MOSES, Executive Secretary
[)AN E. SWEAT, JR., Director of Governmental Liaison
The Honorable Geor ge Romney
Secretary of the Unit ed States Depa1 tment
of Housing and Urban Development
Washington, D. C .
.Dear Mr. Secretary:
In Novemb er , 1966, we began in Atlanta a concentrated effort to
stimulate the development of 16, 800 units of low and moderate income
housing to provide safe and sanitary shelter for thousands of less
fortunate citizens.
This effort, called 11 The Mayor 1 s Housing Resources Program 11 was
support ed by the U. S. D e partment of Housing and Urban Development,
private banks, deve lop e rs, churches, civic gro ups and individual
citiz ens at all levels.
This program has produced results. As of this date, 21,013 of the
five year goal of 16, 8 00 units have b een completed, are under
construction, or in planning . The most recent status report is
attached for your . information.
Within the next few weeks , th e s ingle most significant development
generated by our pro grams will be placed uncle r construction. It i s
the East Lake lvleadows turnkey proj ect, which is the l arges t turnkey
public housing deve lopment in America with comprehensive community
Because of the significance of this undertaking and because it embodies
so many of th e aspects of community housing action w hich you so
magnificently support, all of us in Atlanta - City Hall, th e build e rs,
our ho us in g official s , and citi ze ns in g e neral - fee l that we w ant to s ha r e
the b e ginning of this project with you.
�Secretary Romney
Page Two
.July 25, 1969
I have been asked to is sue you an official invitation from a ll of us to
inaugurate construction of this most import ant housing development for
poor people. If your schedule will permit you to come to Atlanta in the
next few weeks after August 21, we shall schedule the ceremonies for
your convenience. It would also give us the opportunity to show you some
of the operational components of Atlanta I s Model Cities program.
Highlights in the development of the East Lake Meadows Project will
give you some idea of its importance not only in relation to the solution
of urban problems of Atlanta but perhaps in other cities.
The land on which this project is located was once a golf course owned
by prominent conservative businessmen in Atlanta. They sold it to the
March Company, a private development company, and supported difficult
rezoning in an area which had hitherto had no public housing. City
officials, local Housing Authority, and the Regional Housing Authority,
together with local business people, civic groups, communications media,
were all involved. The project includes 800 living units, 150 for elderly,
shopping center , community and health facilities, city park, recreation areas

ind the dedication of school sites. ...A..n example of coro_rnunit~,r s1.1pport

involves the four leading banks in Atlanta who form.ed a consortium to
finance the interim construction costs in an effort to assist in the solution
of Atlanta's housing problems for its low-income citizens. This development represents the highest type of cooperation among city, business,
government interagency planning and implementation - a model community
Your presence here on this occasion, therefore, would serv~ to give
strength to the solution of the many difficult problems we still face in
Atlanta and to spotlight one of the landmark public housing developments
in America.
Those of us w ho are faced with the community level problems of leadership
are thankful that you are in the crucial position at HUD.
Sincerely yours ,
Ivan Allen, Jr.
Mr. Edward Baxter

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