Box 18, Folder 24, Document 9

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. NEWSLETTER OF THE CI Tl ZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
FOR URBAN RENEWAL
Vol . 5 No. 9
Atlanta, Georgia
October 196 7
COMMITTEE FORMING NONPROFIT CORPORATION The Citizens Advisory ComTO PARTICIPATE IN 221 H REHAB PROGRAM
mittee for Urban Renewal
will form a nonprofit corporation to participate actively in the new 221 H federal rehabilitation program.
T h at was the unatlimous decision of the executive committee at its October 19
meeting. Following the September meeting, at which the details of the new federal
program were explained, the city attorney's office was asked for a ruling as to
whether the committee by itself could receive loans and grants ·to participate by
handling a project fol' the rehabilitation of dwelling units.
Edwin L. Sterne, associate city attorney replied, saying, in substance, that the aldermanic resolution
creating our committee provided that our function was to advise on urban renewal
matters but had nd authority to act as a nohpt4ofit d:rgahizatioh. Mr. Sterne held
that our committee is nbt what is known as a "legal entity 11 , but a group of persons.
Accordingly, he suggested that we create a rtohprofit corporation which would be a
legal entity and be authorized to enter into contracts, etc. In line with Mr. Sterne's
suggestion, Chairman Sommerville called for a motion to create a nonprofit corporation. The motion was unanimously approved for a nonprofit corporation to be known
as The Citizens Advisory Committee for Urban Renewal Rehabilitation Corporation.
The following were named as incorporators: Robert L. Sommerville, William S.
Howland, H. W. Whitman, Harold Arnold, Mrs. Grace Hamilton, Percy Hearle,
Harold Davis, all of our committee and Herbert Waldrip, chairman of the BedfordPine Associate Advisory Committee. Hugh Peterson, Jr. was engaged as attorney
to effe c t the incorporation. Mr. Peterson briefly outlined the incorporation procedure saying that the chief expense involved would be _publication of the charter in
a legal newspaper. This he estimated, would not exceed $100. Chairman Sommerville explained that these and other initial costs will be taken care of by a loan from
the Atlanta Transit System. Summed up Chairman Sommerville: "I think it is important for our committee, by means of this nonprofit corporation, to participate
actively in the 221 H program. If it is carried out under the aegis of our committee,
it will get good n otices and it will be very encouraging to the kind of people we have
been w o rrying about." Commenting on the committee's action, Henry R. Fillmer,
present in his new capacity as assistant chief of the real estate disposition depal:'-tment, HUD regional office, said: "This should generate actir,n by other nonprofit
groups in Atlanta. "
Carrying out General Nathan
Bedford Forrest's famed
battle ·plan of "gittin' thar
fustest with the mostest", immediately following the Sept. 27 luncheon conference
with the federal officials, Chairman Sommerville and Director Howland filed an
application for a federal allocation of $96, 000 to rehabilitate eight dwelling units
under the 221 H program. On October 23 we received the good news from Kenneth
Finn, architect in the regional FHA office, that our application had been approved
by Washington headquarters. Accordingly, while our nonprofit corporation is being
formed to implement this allocation,. preliminary steps to determine a site for the
project have been taken with the Atlanta Housing Authority. It is our intent to locate
our rehabiliation undertaking adj.a.cent to or in the vicinity of an urban renewal project.
OUR APPLICATION FOR $96,000 ALLOCATION
FOR 221 H PROJECT WINS FEDERAL APPROVAL
DRASTIC CHANGES IN RENEWAL CONCEPT URGED A resolution calling for two
BY NAHRO DELEGATES, OPENSHAW REPORTS
sweeping changes in urban
renewal was adopted by the
1800 delegates to the 31st Conference of the Nn.tional Association of Housing and
Redevelopment Officials, Howard Openshaw, Atlanta Housing Authority, redevelopment director who attended the Portland, Oregon meeting reported to our executive
c ommittee.
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One change was that the urban renewal concept be one of total community
development instead of single project approach. The other was that the federal
contribution be made .90 percent (instead of 66-2/ 3 %) and that local credits be
eliminated. That would mean the 10 percent local contribution would be all cash.
The resolution further proposed, Mr. Openshaw explained, that Congress adopt a
goal for national housing produc tion-at the rate of 2 million units per year for the
next 20 ye~rs, and that 500, 000 of this total production be established for low and
moderate income housing, one half of which should be reserved for an expansion
of the public housing program. The delegates also stressed the need to decentralize
the Department of 11ousing and Urban Development to provide more decision making
pow ers at the re~ional level to expedite urban renewal and housing programs. The
res olution further rec ommended special attention be directed toward meeting the
housing needs of large families and very low income families.
ATLANTAN'S DESIGN FOR SAN FRANCISCO
Mr. Openshaw also told the
EMBARCADERO CENTER IS IMPRESSIVE
executive committee that he
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was very much in1pressed
by San Franci sco 1s prbposed Embarcadero Center, as designed by Atlanta's John
Portm ah. He explained that the plan calls for 2, 800, 000 square feet of office space,
a hotel, entertainrr.ent center and landscaping with sculpture and foun t ains ,
In
additioi1, the Golden Gateway Center contains townhouses and high rise office
buildings; a 1300 car garage and more sculpture and other works of art. Mr.
Openshaw pointed o_u t that the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency requires that
at lt:!ast one perteht of construction costs be devoted to exterior works of art.
Fr esno, California, also is carrying out a m~jor urban renewal project, transform.fog its main street to a mall, 16 blocks long. Landscaping and extensive use
of art are employed. Summing up, said he: "My particular interest was not only to
see redevelopment programs of other cities, but also to secure the design standards
and contr ols that produce such magnificent redevelopment areas. 11 Corr:,n1enting
on the national acclaim Atlanta's urban renewal program receives, he said "We
have only begun to scratch the surface. 1 1
FINDING SUITABLE SITES FOR HOUSING
DIFFIC ULT IN ALL AREAS, JONES REPORTS
Finding suitable sites for new· housing is diffic~lt . iri..a.U.a.r.eas of:...
the city, Col. Malcolm Jones,
Director, Housing Resources committee, pointed out to the executive committee,
He added that sites for 3, 300 units are awaiting zoning action. Col. Jones said that
6,340 unit s now seem firm and 1,479 more appear probable, making a total of 7,819
that can be regarded as definite so far in the five year program. He added that the
number available for use by the end of 1967 should be scaled down from the earlier
estimate of 2, 534 to a little more than 1, 900. The prospect for 1968 is seen as a
total of 3, 159. He said that the Housing Resources committee had recommended the
selection of scattered sites. In a discussion following Col. Jones' remarks, Collier
Gladin, city planning engineer, reported that the land use study is proceeding slowly
with continued revisions. He expressed hope that an acceptable plan would be ready
by January 1, 1968. Executive Committeeman Calloway urged support of a project in
the Jackson -- Boulevard-Hollywood area. It embraces 60 acres, including 221 D 3
units, apartments, shopping center and condominiums. Mr. Calloway added that it
was adjacent to the first turnkey project and was awaiting federal approval. Referring
to the difficulty of obt aining sites for housing, Lester H. Per sells, AHA associate
executive director, pointed out that4·, 500 public ·.hou.aing units mea~s finding some
40 parcels of land. Consequently, they will have to be located in different areas in
the city. He als o pointed out that with the lead time on individual projects ranging
from six to 18 months, the need for action is apparent.
An honor guest at our October
19 meeting was Maruo Shioda,
deputy chief editor of Shukan
Yomiuri, weekly magazine with a circulation of 700, 000, published by a leading
Japanese newspaper. In Atlanta as a participant in the State Department's international visitor program, :tv.. r. Shioda was making a special study of u r ban problems,
with emphasis on the sociological and human factors.
JAPANESE EDITOR IS OUR GUEST,
TELLS OF HUGE HOUSING COMPLEXES
�-3Asked by Chairman Sommerville to address the comrr.ittee, Mr. Shioda spoke
briefly through Ichiro Mike Nishimura, State Department escort-interpreter. He
stressed the point that the housing shortage iri Japan most serious affects the middle
income groups. Government housing is supplied in very lar 5 e complexes, which
include parks, shops and super markets. Housing is in high rise structures,
extending to 15 stories, with 22 to 25 families on each floor. Mr. Shioda also
photographed our comrr:ittee in action .
NEW GA . STATE PROGRA!v: TO DEVELOP
TRAINED URBAN WORKERS, DA VIS EXPLAINS
The airn of Geor Jia Stat e
ColleJe' s new urban affairs
program is to develop skilled
people to work with cities and counties, Executive Committeeman Harold Davis,
public relations dire ctor at the colle 6 e, explained October 19. He pointed out that
the four year course, for the dec,;ree of Bachelor of Science in Urban Affairs, will
train students to help solve uroan problems. After two years ·o f general studies,
thos e seekin 6 this degree will devote their final two years to courses in urban
J eography, racial minorities , the politics and economics of urban life, demoJraphy
and kindred subjects . To support this program, the City of Atlanta is contributin 6
$18,000, he said. Mr. Davis also briefly mentioned the remarkable 6 rowth
achieved by Georgia State over the past <lecade. In that period, the colleJe' s
academic program has expanded from one degree and eight majors to 23 degrees
with 13 7 majors. He also pointed out that the State Board of Regents had authorized
a new school, the colle J e's fifth, to open next July. This is the School of Applied
Health and Sciences. Its pro 6 ram will embrace courses in therapy, nursing and
health subJects o the r than the disciplines required for the MD degree.
NEW URBAN RENEWAL REPRESENTATIVES,
STONE AND THOMAS, ARE INTRODUCED
Hank Fillmer, who for the
past six years has been workinc;; closely with us as HUD' s
representative, introduced his successor and associate to the executive comrnittee
October 19. Directly succeeding Jl.'~ r. Fillmer, who has been promoted to assistant
chief, real estate disposition department, is Clyde Stone, now Atlanta urban renewal
representative. Mr. Stone for m erly was urban renewal representative for North
Carolina, South Carolina and Florida areas. Also introduced was Anthony Thomas,
who will be associated w ith M r. Stone in the Atlanta area, actin g chiefly as urban
renewal repre sentative for East Point, College Park and Decatur.
As you may have noticed, the
new ' 'Plan for Better Cities"
cornn. emorative stamp is
being u sed on our comr.- ittee' s October mailings . This has brou 6 b.t a comrr_endatory
letter fro m Atlanta Postmaster Geor ~e W. Camp, who wrote "This is a great idea
and you are t o be corn.rr~ended for promoting your pro 6 rams in this very excellent
way". Re 6 ardi n g this unusual and attractive stamp, explained Postmaster Camp:
·'This stamp was designed by Francis Fer ..;Uson, instructor in the School of Architecture, Division of Urban Planning , Colun , bia University, New York City. It was
issued to hi 6 hli g ht the critical need for urban planning, an objective in which our
government is vitally interested I con~ratulate your committee for its work toward
intelligent planning for the renewal of sections of our city.
USE OF "PLAN FOR BETTER CITIES' STAMP
BRINGS ACCLAIM FROM POSTMASTER
FOUR SCORE MEMPHIS LEADERS HERE
TO STUDY CENTRAL CITY PROGRESS
As guests of Central Atlanta
Progress, Inc. , some 80
business and professional
le aders of Memphis, Tenn., are visit ing Atlanta this week to see at first hand and
hear at first ear how Atlanta sets the pace of progress for the Southeast. Headed
by Philip A. Perel, president of the Downtown Associat ion, the Memphians are
paying particular attention to the central city. In so doing, they will see how
importantly urban renewal is involved. It will be recalled that, after Mrs. Joan
Strong, chairman of the Memphis Citize ns Advisory Comn,ittee, attended one of our
meetings last fall, Executive Director Howland was invited to tell the Memphis
committee how our committee helps keep Atlanta's urban renewal program moving
forward.
NEXT EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING - NOVEMBER 21 - DETAILS LATER.

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