Box 18, Folder 24, Document 5

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Vol. 5 No . 10
November 1967
At our executive committee
meeting, Nov. 21,
Attorney Hugh Peterson, Jr.
pr esented a prestigious document, bearing the gold sealsof the State of Georgia and the
Superior Court of Fulton County. Said the first page of the document: "I, Ben Fortson,
Jr. , Secretary of State .of the State of Georgia, do hereby certify that "The Citizens
Advisory Committee for Urban Renewal Rehabilitation Corporation, Inc. was on the
sixth day of November, 1967, duly incorporated under the laws of the state of Georgia
by the Superior Court of Fulton County for a period of thirty five years from said date."
This document went on to list the incorporators as Robert L. Sommerville, William S.
Howland, H. W. Whitm an, Harold Arnold, Herbert Waldrip, Mrs. Grace Hamilton,
Percy Hearle and Harold Davis. It then set forth the corporation's purposes saying
"Said corporation is and shall be organized and operated exclusively for the purpose
of assisting in the development of projects, undertakings, studies and other activities
by itself or in cooperation with local government and civic bodies and other corporations
and associations for the elimination of slums, blight and blighting influences and to aid,
assist and foster the planning, development, renewal and improvement of the metropolitan, Atlanta , Geor gia, area, all for the primary purpose of combatting community
deterioration and securing adequate housing, community facilities and related facilities
f or the general welfar e of the community. 11 The document further stated "no part of
the principal fund s or income of the corporation shall ever inure to the benefit of any
private shareholder or individual or beneficiary, or revert to any donor or to the estate
or heirs of any donor and no part of its activities shall ever be carrying on propaganda
or otherwise attempting to influence legislation or participating in or intervening in
(including the publishing or distributing of statements) any political campaign on behalf
of any candidate for public office. 11 The document included an order by Superior Court
Judge Jack B. Etheridge granting the charter. As Attorney Peterson handed the papers
t o Chairman Sommerville, he said, with a srr.ile, "Now we'll get a seal for the corporation if I can just get all those letters on one. 11
The essence of all the words and seals and signatures on the papers which made up the
blue bound document is that what is known as a legal entity" has been created to put
i nto action the $96, 000 221 H grant allocated in response to our committee's application. Summed up Mr. Peterson: "The corporation is now in business. Application
for tax exemption has been sent to the Internal Revenue Service. I understand that the
committee received the grant even before the corporation was organized, so now everything is ready to roll w hen tax exemption approval is received. 11
On the afternoon prior to
our Nov. 21 executive
committee meeting, our
new non profit corporation, the Citizens Advisory Committ ee for Urban Renewal
Rehabilitation Corporation, Inc. me t with Attorney Hugh Peterson, Jr. to complete its
organization. All eight incorporators, as listed previously, were named trustees of
the new corporation. In turn the quorum present elected two officers to carry on the
corporation ' s work. Officers are Robert L. Sommerville, president and chairman,
William S. Howland, secretary-treasurer. It was also decided that CACURRCI will
h o ld regular monthly meetings on the same date as the monthly meetings of our
Acceptin 6 the charter
documents, Chairman
Sommerville explained that
the a p p r ova l of a $96, 000 221 H grant for our committee specifies that the new corporati on will r e habili tate eight dwellings . He pointed out that the 6 rant calls for the pur ..
chase , rehabilit ation and resale of this number of structures.
�-2The Atlanta Housin g Authority ha s a g reed t o CACURRCI in locating the
structure s , h e a dded. Said M r. Sommerville :'This numoer o:£ structures - ei g ht_
may se em sn:. all, but the idea will spread. "
Followin~ deli very of our
new corporation's charter,
Otis Haire, FHA real
e s tate evaluator assi 6 necl to the 2 21 H pro g rarn in Geor gia, outlined to the executive
comn.i ttee the procedure by whi ch the $96, 000 g rant allocated to our pro;ect will be
put t o work. M r . Haire first pointed out that 21 applications for 221 H grants so far
h ad been m ade in the state, four of these in Atlanta . He expressed the hope that our
comn, ittee's plan to rehabilitate eiJht houses will spur J rowth to include several
hundred units. Said he " Expansion brick by uric1,, house by house, street by street,
n ei g hborhood by neighi:>orhood is the only way this can be done. It serves a two fold
pu r pose -- ..; etting rid of dilapidated houses and up 6 rading people as well as structures . ' '
First step for CACURRCI will De to review rehabilitation requirements with the
city buildin6 inspector's office, he pointed out . This is essential, Decause a work
w rite-up itemizing deficiencies from foundation to roof will be required for each
structure. Next point is that all rehabilitation in one project must be carried out by
one contractor, chosen from competitive bids . The contractor will stipulate the exact
price , after which 20 per cent of the fee will De held back until all rehabilitation is
completed . This is in lieu of a performance bond . Upon cornpletion of repairs,
individual appraisals w ill be made. The arr. aunt of loan ~~ ranted will vary with re 0 ard
to the size of families and other factors . After completing the initial paper work and
other preliminarie s, the CACURRCI' s next step will be to make financial arran 6 ements
with local lending institutions for acquisition of properties
After houses are
rehabilitated and sold , FHA will pick up the tab. Mr. Haire also pointed out that FHA
has certain stipulations about the types of houses to be purchased and repaired. For
exa;.n ple, so called " shotgun houses ' ' will not be approved. The speaker also ur g ed
that at least lo to 20 houses De considered for choice of the initial ei ght for the project,
because frequently approval difficulties are encountered .
In a discussion followin 6 i\ r . Haire's talk, i'.frs. Grace Han-.ilton asked if there
were any restrictions on location of the eiJht units . John F. Thigpen, Director, (Georgia)
Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housin.:;; Administration,
replied that any area within the city could iJe used for location . Mr. Haire added that
location of any project w ithin a two mile radius was desirable both from the corporation's
viewpoint and that of the contractor . In reply to a question from I\ rs . Doris Lockerman,
about value of houses, Chairman Somm erville pointed out that the total ~rant of
$9 6, 000 would indicate a value of $12, 000 per house .
Two groups of houses were
brought to the attention of
the new corporation by
James Henley of the Atlanta Housing Authority. One is located east of Glen Iris Drive
and south of the Sears store. These are on Rankin, Wilmer and Dallas Streets. The
o t her g roup is in an area bounded by McDonough, Lakewood and Carver Hoines . Mr.
Henley pointed out that no individual houses had been designated but that preliminary
surveys indicated that the houses were in a purchase price ran g e of $4, 500 to $8, 000,
with repair estimates rangin 6 from $2, 000 to $4, 000. Said he: "The houses appear
to need considerable repair w ork, but are not beyond rehabilitation. They also appear
to be owner occupied, single family dwellin 6 s ' '; Mr . Henley emphasized that the
Housing Authority would be delighted to do all within its power to assist CACURRCI.
I n an ensuing Q & A session , A. B. Padgett asked Dan E. Sweat, city director of
6 over nm ental liaison, if the new corpo r ation would help the city's model city program
(fo r w hich Atlanta had recently received federal approval) by choosing homes in that
a r ea . Mr. Sweat replied that this would definitely be of assistance, but that since
considerable time would be required before definite model city plans could be made,
he s u 66 est ed that CACURRCI go ahead with its pro g ram in other areas. In reply to a
qu est ion a bout whether churches were showing interest in 221-H, Mr. Haire said that
a Sunday Sc hool class at the Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church had called a meeting
t o di scuss participation. In reply to another question about time limits for a project,
Mr. H ai r e s a id a total of 00 days would be allotted- - 30 days for choosing a site, 30 days
fo r naming a cont r ac t o r.
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-3As the discussion ended, FHA.Housin 6 and Ur bah Developmen.t Director Thigpen
remarked that his or 6 anization is so pleased with bur participating in the 221 H prog ram
that he is assi 6 ning two of his top assistants to work with CACURRCI.
A nun1ber of leaders of
the Bedford- Pine urban
renewal project area met
Nov . 20. with me.r.. ~bers of the Board of Aldermen and representatives of the Atlanta
Housin~ Authority to discuss how a park for that area could be speeded up, Herbert
Waldrip, chairman o f our Bedford-Pine associate comni ittee told the executive
comn·,itte e
Said M r. "\V aldrip - ;'The property for a park (adJoining the new C. W. Hill
School) ha s been cleared for a year and the people in the comn-1unity hate to see another
sumn ,er come around with no recreational facilities for the children there. 1 1 M~r .
Waldrip pointed out that the Nov . 20 meeting was told that the Board of Education was
holdin g up development of a park and that another meeting to include representation
from the Board of Education will be scheduled shortly, but that he feared that it would
be June before any action on a park would ~et under way.
NOTE -- The clay followin 6 our executive comm ittee meeting , Director Howland, who
attended the Bedford-Pine meeting, arranged for M r . Waldrip to confer with Mayor
Allen and also with Dr . Darwin Womack, assistant superintendent for scnool plant
plannin 6 and construction, about the need for action on a Bedford- Pine park .
At the Nov. 21 meeting,
Chairman Somn. erville
expressed our comrr ittee's
reJr et on the death of Dr. Rufus B. Clernent, a lon 6 ti me ;..:: e rr1i.1er
Said M r .
Sor"!l. r., erville : 11 Dr Cl ement was seldon1 able to attend m.eetings, uut no rner:: ber
w or '.(ed harder to help our comn-,ittee and the subcomn. ittees on which he served
achieve their purposes. I never knew a man r: ,ore g entle in speech norm.ore powerful
in 6 ettin 6 thin3 b done. If you asked Dr Clement to do something , I know of nobody
who would 6 0 to m ore trouble to help you. "
Before y ear I s end, final
surveys and reports of the
CIP are due to be received
for evaluation, Director Geor J e A ldridg e reported to our executive com.n. ittee . He
added that since many of these will have to be su bmitted to comn . ittees for review, he
probably will not be a ble to present a full report until our January rneeting.
Active citizen participation
is among maJor requirements of the model city
program in which Atlanta i s one of the first 63 cities to receive a federal J r ant, Dan
E . Sweat, Jr . , city direc tor of 6 overnmental liaison, emphasized in an updatin 6 talk
to our executive comn, ittee Nov . 21. Although Atlanta w ill rec eiv e only $15 2, 000 out
of the $500, 09 0 plannin 3 fund requested, the city probably will obtain another $74,000
for model city purposes, iv'.: r . Sweat said. This latte r amount is being reserved in the
Comi-..1.unity Ir.. proven-, e nt Prog r am funds. The city m ust show need for it in the mode l
city pro 5 rarn . l\ti r . Sweat delineated the m odel city a rea as com prisin 6 3 , 000 acres
in the southern section of the city , oounded on the north uy I n t erstate 20, on the west
by Lee Street, and on the south and east by the railroad belt line. Althou 6 h c ompri sin~
only 3. 7 per cent of the c ity land area, the model city site includes
5 per cent of the
total population , on a 7 5 per cent Ne g ro, 25 per cent white basis . As reasons for its
choice for the m ode l city prog ram, I\/. r. Sweat showed that this a re a includes 8 3 per
c ent of the total housing units, but 2 0 per cent of these a r e s u bst a ndard A l so it
includes 11 . 3 per c e nt of the city ' s illiter a t es a nd 2 0 per cent of the population with
incomes under $3, 000 per year . Unen1.ployn, ent rate is 5 1/ 2 per cent as com pared
with the city wide r a t e of 3 1/2 per cent . All in a ll, the area r e pr es ents 20 to 25 per
cent of the city I s maJor probl ems . Mr Sweat a l so 0riefly outlined the methods by
whi c h the .i\·: odel city pro g ram will ue a d m inister e d
Top dir ection will be provided by
a pr o Ject e x e cutive boa rd, consisting of policy rr..akin 6 officials
NOTE-- On Nov . 22,
Mayor A lle n a nd othe r city officia l s conferred with Re 6 ional HUD A d m ini strator Ed
Baxter and other re 6 ional fede ral officia l s involved in i n, plementin g th e m od e l city
program , Our comr.1itte e was represented iJ y Director Howla nd

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