Box 3, Folder 3, Document 19

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Box 3, Folder 3, Document 19

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July 25, 1969
ATLANTA, GA. 30303
Tel. 522 -4463 Area Code 404
R. EARL LANDERS , Administrative Assi stant
MRS. ANN M. MOSES, Executive Secretary
DAN E. SWEAT, JR ., Director of Governmental Liaison
The Honorable George Romney
Secretary of the United States Department
of Housing and Urban Development
Washington, D. C.
Dear Mr. Secretary:
In November, 1966, w e began in Atlanta a concentrated effort to
stimulate the d e velopment of 16, 8 00 units of low and mod e rate income
housing to provide safe and sanitary shelter for thousands of less
fortunate citizens.
This effort, call e d "The M a yor's H o using R e source s Pro g ram was
support e d by the U. S. D e partme nt of Housin g and Urban D evelopment,
private bank s, de v e lop e rs, churches , civic g roups and individual
citizens at all l e vels.
This program has produced i:esults. As of thi s dat e , 21, 013 of the
five y e ar g o a l of 16, 800 un its have b ee n compl e ted, ar e under
construction, or in plannin g . The most rec e nt status r e port 1s
attached for your information.
Within the n ext few week s, th e s in gl e mo s t si gn ifican t deve lopme nt
g e nerated by o ur pro g rams w ill b e plac e d u n cl e r con s truction. It is
the East L ake Me a d ow s turnke y p :;:oj ec t, w hich is th e lar ges t turnkey
public hou s i ng d eve lopment i n A me rica with compr e h ens i ve community
faciliti e s.
B e cau se of t he s i gnifican c e of this u nde rt a kin g a nd b ec au se it e mbodi e s
so many of th e asp e ct s of community housin g action which you so
magnific entl y support, all of us in A tl anta - City Hall, th e buil ders ,
o ur housing o fficia l s, and citi ze n s in gene r a l - fee l that w e w a nt t o s h are
t h e begi nn ing of thi s p roject w ith you .
�Secretary Romney
Page Two
July 25, 1969
I have been asked to is sue you an official invitation from all of us to
inaugurate construction of this 1nost im.portant housing development for
poor people. If your schedule will pennit 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'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
and the dedic a tiorl of school sit e s. A ~I"'!. example of t.:orrnn1..m ity support
involves the four leading banks in Atlanta who formed 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 repres e nts the highest type of cooper a tion among city, business,
government interagency pl a nning and implementation - a model community
Your presence her e on this occasion, therefore, would serve 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 who are faced w ith the community level problems of leadership
are thankful th a t you are in the crucial position at HUD.
Sincerely yours,
Ivan Allen, Jr.
Mr. E dwa rd B axt er

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