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Atlanta, Georgia 30303

September 18, 1968



Ivan Allen, Jr., Mayor
City of Atlanta
Atlanta, Georgia

RE: Bedford-Pine UR Redevelopment Project
Dear Mayor Allen:

Pursuant to Mr. Lester Persells letter of September 6, 1968, we have undertaken
a review of the Bedford-Pine, North Avenue, R1O1L, Urban Renewal Area to
determine the propriety of converting it to a Neighborhood Development Program,
as set forth by Section 501 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968.
Under this plan, the project would be handled on an annual basis with the City's
contributions due in an amount sufficient to cover it's share of the total cost
incurred during that year.

Our review indicated that from a financial standpoint, the Bedford-Pine, North
Avenue, Urban Renewal Area would be very satisfactory for handling as an NDP.

Of the City's $8,053,987 share of the total net project expenditures $5,008,245
or 62.2% were complete as of June 4, 1968; an additional $1,841,812 or 22.9%
were funded but not completed leaving only $1,203,930 or 14.9% to be accounted
for. This residual amount is composed of $255,000 in real estate tax credits
that will accrue without City outlays over the life of the project; $398,791

in cash that is already appropriated under the 1963 Urban Renewal Bond Fund; and
$580,139 in unappropriated Non-Cash Grant-in-Aids. This means that $7,503,848
or 93.2% of the City's share is complete or has funds already appropriated. This
should provide the City with sufficient credits to enable it to finance it's
portion of the project for a considerable number of years. However, once these
credits are used up, it will be necessary for the City to outlay an additional
$580,139 before the project could be completed.

Aside from the financial considerations involved in reaching a decision concerning
the preferrable act for handling this project under, there arises the personal
problems that would result from additional delay in commencement of the project.
As referred to your recent letter to Mr. Baxter of HUD, the delays in this project
are causing serious hardship to residents and property owners in the area.

Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. Page 2 September 18, 1968

For this reason we strongly concur with Mr. Persells reasoning that the Project,
as now constituted, be approved without delay. The conversion to an NDP could
then take place at a later date.


Charles L. Davis
City Comptroller

CLD: j£:mgm

ec: Mr. Les Persells

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