Box 3, Folder 3, Document 8

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Box 3, Folder 3, Document 8

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July 25, 1969
ATLANTA. GA. 30303
Tel. 522-4463 Area Code 404
R. EARL LANDERS, Administrative Assistant
MRS. ANN M. MOSES, Exec utive Secretary
DAN E. SWEAT, JR., Director of Governmental Liai son
The Honorable George Romney
Secretary of the United States Department
of Housing and Urban Development
Washington, D. C.
Dear Mr. Secretary:
In November, 1966, we began in Atlanta a concentrated effort to
stimulate the development of 16,800 units of low and m .oderate income
housing to provide safe and sanitary she lter for thousands of l es s
fortunate citizens.
This effort, called "The Mayor's Hou s ing R e sources Program" wa s
supporte d by th e U. S. D e partment of Housing and Urban D eve lopment,
private bank s , de v e lop e rs, churches, civic groups and individual
citizens at all levels.
This program has produc ed i:esults. As of this date, 21,013 of the
fiv e year goal of 16, 800 unit s have b een complet ed , are und er
construction, or in plannin g . The most recent status r e port is
attach ed for your information.
Within the next few weeks, the single most significant d eve lopment
generated by our programs w ill b e placed under construction. It i s
the East Lak e Me a dows turnk ey p r oj ect, which is the lar gest turnkey
public housing deve lopment in America w ith compr e h ens i ve community
Because of the s i gnific ance of this undertaking and b ecause it embodies
so many of th e aspects of community housing action whi ch you so
magnificently support , a ll of us in Atlanta - City Hall, the build ers,
our housing officials, and citizens in ge neral - fee l that we w ant to s har e
the beginning of this proj e ct with you.
�Secretary Romney
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July 25, 1969
I have been asked to issue you an official invitation from all of us to
inaugurate construction of this most irn.portant 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 a lso give us the opportunity to show you some
of the operational components of Atlanta'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 loc ated 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 proj ect includes 800 living units, 150 for e lderly,
shopping center, community and health facilities , city park, recreation areas
and the dedication af schaal sites. A ·n pv::,rnpl P ,--,f rr,rnrnnnity ~nppm·t
involv es the four l e ading banks in Atlanta who formed a consortium to
finance the interi1n construction costs in an effort to assist in the solution
of Atlanta's housing problems for its low-income citizens. This development repres e nt s the highes t type of coop e ration among city, business,
government interagency planning and implementation - a model community
Your presence h e re on this occasion, the r efore, would serve to give
strength to the solution of the many difficult problems we still face in
Atlanta and to spotlight one of the l andmark public housing developments
in America.
Those of us who are faced with the community level problems of l eadership
are thankful that you are in the crucial position at HUD .
Sincerely yours~
Ivan Allen, Jr .
Mr. Edward Baxter

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