Box 3, Folder 6, Document 6

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M.
EDWIN L. STERNE
8 . SATTERFIELD
E X ECUT IV E DIRECTOR A ND S ECRET A R Y
CHAIR M AN
LESTER H . PERSELLS
GEORGE S. CRAFT
ASSO CI A TE
E X ECUT iV E
DIRECT O R
VICE CHAIRMAN
CARL TON GARRETT
D IREC TO R OF' f' INAN CE
J.
GILBERT H . BOGGS
B. BLAYTON
DIRECT OR OF' HO US I NG
FRANK G. ETHERIDGE
HOWARD OPENSHAW
JACK F . GLENN
DIREC T OR
824
HURT BUI L DING
ATLANTA , GEORG IA 30303
JAC K SON
OF REDE V ELOP ME NT
GEORGE R .
SANDER
T ECHNICAL DIRECTOR
3 - 6074
September 6, 1968
The Honorable Ivan Allen, Jr.
Mayor
City of Atlanta
City Hall
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Subject:
Bedford Pine UR Redevelopment Project
Dear Mayor Allen:
As was stated in our Conference, this project area, sometimes called
Buttermilk Bottoms, contains some of the worst housing in Atlanta. Much
of the worst housing was removed in clearing the land for the relief
sewer and the City Auditorium. The condition of the remainder has been
aggravated by the long period of waiting for Federal approval to execute
the Project.
In an effort to give some relief, the following acti ons have been taken:
(1)
The Housing Code Department, working with our Project employees,
have made and are making inspections of the buildings which appear
to be in the worst condition.
(2 )
As complaints are received from tenants,or representatives of tenants,
the structures in which they live are also inspected.
(3)
The Housing Code Enforcement Department notifies the owner of the
work which must be performed in order to correct those conditions
which are an immediate threat to health or safety. Our Project
employees go to the owners and attempt to persuade them to make
t he corre ct ions immedi ateq . This appr oach is achieving a large
measure of succe ss .
(4) In those cases where the owner wil l not corre ct the conditions ,
the structure is placarded and t he owner is asked to vacate the
building and board it up.
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(5)
In the cases of structures becoming vacant, the structures
are immediately placarded so that they cannot be reoccupied,
and the owner is required to board it up. All other vacant
structures have been boarded up, and when evidence of saneone
breaking into the structure becomes apparent, the structures
are reboarded.
We believe that as a temporary measure the above procedure is
working. A meeting of the Community Relations Commission to
hear grievances was held last night, and no grievances related
to this situation were voiced.
The real solution, which should be achieved immediately, is for this Project
to be in execution. Docwnents are pending in Washington awaiting approval.
Mr. Hummel and his staff seem to be agonizing over a decision to proceed with
approval due to the large amount of Federal Capital Grant required by the
project. The City's one-third share of Net Project Cost appears to be in
sight due to the credits for the City Auditorium and the new C. W. Hill School.
It seems to be the desire of the Federal Agency for this Project to be converted
to the new Neighborhood Development Program. This would permit i'unding of the
Federal and local shares on an annual basis, thus removing the need for a large
Federal Grant reservation.
Unfortunately, procedures for this conversion have
not yet been written. We recommend and urge that this Project be converted to
the Neighborhood Development Program within the next three to four months,
particularly since the City's share is already available and est,ablished through
the above mentioned improvements. It is important, however, that the Project,
as now constituted, be appr oved without delay, with the conversion to take place
later. We suggest that a letter similar to the suggested draft attached be
mailed to Mr. Hummel over your signature . In addition to the letter, a personal
tel ephone call from you to Mr. Hummel, pointing out that this is an area of
acute racial t ensions, and that approval is urgent, should be helpful.
Sincerely yours,
~~t0Lester H. Perseus
Associate Executive Director
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