Box 20, Folder 20, Document 1

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December 15, 1967
_/4 regular me e ting of the
Urban Renewal Policy Committee of the Board of
Aldermen was held on Friday, December 15, 1967 at 10:00 A. M. in Committee
Room #4, Second Floor, City Hall.
Rodney Cook, Chairman
George Cotsakis
Gregory Griggs
Edwin Sterne
John Flanigen
Hugh C. Pierce
Frank Etheridge


Also present:
Howard Openshaw, Director of Redevelopment, Atlanta Housing
Les Persells, Associate Executive Director, Atlanta Housing Authority
Coll ier Gladin, Planning Director , City of Atlanta
Representatives of various other departments, the Department of Housing and
Urban Development and members of the press were in attendance also.
The Chairman called the meeting to order and the following business was
Motel Proposal on Parcel 18 (south of new City Auditorium) by Beck
Companies, Dallas, Texas in Bedford-Pine Urban Renewal Area.
Mr. Openshaw stated the Housing Authority has re ceived a proposal from the Beck
Companies of Dallas to construct ci two-story, 800 unit motor hotel on the tract
immediately south of the new Auditorium on Forrest Avenue; that they have also
e x pressed an interest in ad joining parcels 17 and 19. He said that the prese nt
redevelopment plans of the Buttermilk Bottoms - Bedford-Pine Project do n.ot
permit motel uses and in order to permit transient housing within the project
a Transient Housing Study (in accordance with the Housing Act) would be required
that ma kes a finding that additional motel units are needed in this particular
vicinity of the City.
Mr. Ope nshaw briefly reviewed the proposed uses in this Project as d e si g na ted
in the 1965 Market Study by Hammer and Company and stated this is an oppo rtuni ty
fo r the City to hav e o facility all the way to th e ex pressway c ompa t ibl e with the
Audi to r ium and c ompleme ntary to it and the best use for this prope rty ne e ds to
be stud ied in depth .
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He then stated he understands from the Beck Companies that time is of the essence
with them and he recognized Mr. Nelson, a local represental·ive of Beck and Mr.
Cleave Wilcoxon of Adair Realty & Loan Company, also representing Beck.
Mr. Wilcoxon briefly acquainted the Committee with th e Beck Companies ond
stated th e ir main purpose in appe aring today is to u rge the accelerated offer in g of
Parcel 18 for mo tel use in order that his cli ent could bid on it; that Be c k is
prepared to submit, in writing, that they will also bid on Parc els 17 and 19 when
they are offered. He said this proposed development will be similar to the Royal
Coach Inn in Dallas, developed by Beck. Brochures were presented. Mr. Wilcoxon
stated he also agreed that Parcels 17, 18 and 19 should hav e related uses compat ible
with the Auditorium and it would be desirable if 18 and 19 were placed on the market
as one parcel. This would require an adjus tment of the street-jog at the inte rse ction
of Hi9hland and Baker. Regarding the Tran sient Housing Study and the Hammer
Mar ke t Report Mr. Wilcoxon stated that he was reasonably positive that any such
housing study woul d indicate the need for at -least 800 motel units in th e area; a nd
that based on his past experience as a realtor, he did not believe there was a demand
for a Research and De ve lopment Par k (as recommended by the Hammer study) in
Atlanta at the present time. He cited two similar developments in Atlanta (The Hartford
Building and an office development by Cousins Properties, Inc.) which have had
difficulty leasing.
Mr. N e lson then spoke to the Committee about the financial solvency of the Be ck
Compani e s, the ir exper ience. in this development f ie ld, and he then presente d a brief
slide prese ntation of their existing Royal Coach Inn.
Mr. Cook asked Mr. Nelson what they would propose for Parce ls 17 and 19. Mr. Nelson
state d th ey envis ion Parce l 17 for some restaurant~type facility with park in g and
Parcel 19 would be exce ll e nt for motel use.
Mr. Cook inqui red about the timetable for the housing study and if the re sults
of sa id study a re favorable. Mr. Ope nshaw stated it wou Id take a bo ut s ixty (6.0) days
to comp le te a Transi e nt Hou sing Study; that HUD approva l of th e Pro je ct Are a and
a plan amendment to pe rmit mote l use , if deemed fe as ib le , cou ld be proce sse d
w ithin s ix (6) months, prior to su bmission to th e Board of Ald e rmen for f inal adoption.
Th ere was then a genera l discussion about the need for futu re expans ion of the Exhibit
Hal I space to the north of the e x isting structure and the affe cts th is expans ion
would h a ve on traffic c ircu lotion around the Auditorium and Ex hibit Hal I and th e
propo sed re-use a s indi cated in th e urban renewal projec t p lans.
There w ere no c oncre te conclusions drawn, how e ver , th e re was a genera l fee l ing that
an expansio n o f the Exhibit space was warranted and that th is and the question of mote I
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use should be studied in more depth.

University Center College Expansion.
As a point of information, Mr. Openshaw stated he wanted to bring to the Committee's
attention that in the near future they will be faced with a request to include additional
land in the University Center Project for College e x pansion and take out more housirig;
that he has been invited to speak before the Council of Presidents and he would advise
them, us this Committee had _done in the past (see Minutes of August 18, 1967) that
a request to expand the colleges would not be considered until they developed a
Comprehensive Campus Plan.

Proposed Addition to the Thomasville Urban Renewal Area.
Mr. Gladin stated that last week the President announced the awarding of 95 acres
of Federally owned property at the Federal Penitentiary to the City of Atlanta for low
cost housing. The extension of the Lakewood Freeway was then discussed as it relates
to this 95 acres. Mr. Gladin explained that th e State Highway and the Parks Departments
are working together on a connection through the south side of the 95 acres and
determining at what angle it will course through the property.
The development of the 95 acres was briefly discussed , i.e., housing, parks, a jun ior ·
high school, an e lemen tary school, and a smal I addition to the commercial shopping ark a. -.
Mr. Gladin exhibite d a generalized sketch plan, "Stating that bette r mapping is being
secured for more de tail e d design, and pointed out that th e public uses woul d be loca ted
to the north of the roadway, adjacent to the remaining Federal Penitentiary property and
the housing would be to the south of the roadway, tying into the existing Thomasvi ll e
Proje ct, with a vehicular and pedestrian overpass.
Thirteen acres were included in the general sketch plan which is not part of th e property
awarded th e City and Mr. Gladin ex plain ed that he and Mr. Baxter of HUD p lanned to
discuss the possibility of securing this additional acreage with Warden Black o f the
Federal Penitentiary .

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4. Di spersed Public Housing Site s.
Following up the Mayor's Housing Conference, Mr. G ladin stated the p lanning staff had
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been see king new ways of providing additional low income housin g and on e
recommendation made was the dispersed site concept; that the planning staff has
simply taken this recommendation another step, strictly for discussion purposes,
and selected various sites throughout the City that could be developed for low cost
Johnny Johnson, departmental staff member, addressed the Committee briefly on
each of the individual sites shown on a display map. Supporting data was presented
to -each Committee member that gave Public Housing Distribution by Wards, as
follows: (I) number of existing public housing units; (2) number leased; (3) new or
proposed units, (4) totals, and (5) percentages.

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There being no further business, the meeting ""'.as adjourned.

Respectfu 11 y submitted:
Joanne Parks, Secretary

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