Box 20, Folder 27, Document 8

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January 27, 1967

A regularly scheduled meeting of the Planning and Development
Committee of the Board of Aldermen was held in Committee Room #1,
Second Floor, City Hall, Friday, January 27, 1967 at 2:00 P, M.

The following members were present:

Rodney Cook, Chairman
E. Gregory Griggs
Charles Leftwich
George Cotsakis

Jack Summers

Q. V. Williamson

John M. Flanigen

Also in attendance were:

Robert Sommerville
Earl Landers
Collier Gladin
George Aldridge
Malcolm Jones
Pierce Mahony
Dan Sweat

Bob Bivens

Ray Nixon

Darwin Womack
William Howland
M, B. Satterfield
Elmer Moon

George Berry
Howard Openshaw
Les Persells

The Chairman called the meeting to order and the following business
was considered:

Regarding the minutes of the December 14, 1966 meeting (see page 3) Alderman
Flanigen requested (by letter of January 6, 1967) that the following
clarification be added regarding the discussion of the $450,000 allocated
for the study of additional housing units: He raised the question of
who was to guarantee this loan from the Federal Government and Mr.
Satterfield advised that when, as, and if a project was approved this
amount would be added to the cost of that project, but he was rather
evasive on what would happen if no project was approved, but inferred
that it would not be charged to the City; in seconding the motion to
adopt the Resolution, Mr. Flanigen made it clear that this would not be
charged to the City.

Mr. Gladin gave a brief 35 mm slide presentation on the Demonstration
Cities Program and what Atlanta has done thus far to take advantage of it.

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He stated it has been under consideration for the past six to eight
months and represents a logical extension of the Community Improvement
Program — the Demonstration City project being one of the first phases
of implementation. He also explained that the City had received the
official guide lines from the Federal Government and is now proceeding
with the preparation of an application for planning funds and it is
anticipated it will be completed and submitted to Washington by March 1;
that if these planning funds are granted, it would then entail some nine
to twelve months to complete a final application for implementation
funds and would eventually require five years to complete the program,

There was a brief discussion about funds and it was pointed out that
there had been no actual appropriation beyond the initial allocation of
twelve million dollars for planning grants for fiscal '67.

Mr. Gladin said that this program places major emphasis on citizen
participation and as a result, two neighborhood meetings have been

scheduled for the purpose of presenting this program to the residents

of the project areas; that Mayor Allen will be conducting these presentations,
explaining the program to the people and seeking their support. Further,

he stated that Mr. Johnny Robinson, under a Sterne Foundation Grant, is
working out of Dan Sweat's office and has the responsibility of publicizing
the program. This is in addition to considerable press and television
coverage. Mr. Gladin commented this program will also place more emphasis
on social rehabilitation than has ever been done before and major efforts
made to rehouse the people as they are displaced by staging the developments
(on a block-by-block basis if necessary) so as to avoid wholesale relocation,
as has been experienced in the past.

Mr. Sommerville stated he supported the submission of the application, but
he questioned the ability of the city planning staff, which he stated is
too slight as it is, to submit an application within a six weeks period
that would meet the Federal guide lines - particularly "innovation", on
which so much emphasis is being placed. He also made the observation that
this program has been oversold nationally and he feared it was in danger

of being oversold locally; that he questioned greatly some of the statistics
shown on the slides and the choice of some wording being used in connection
with the program, particularly that Atlanta "expects" to be a model city.
He stated we have no basis on which to "expect" Atlanta will be one, He
reiterated his support of the application submission but again warned that
it was very dangerous for the City to oversell what it was capable of
producing in so short a time.

Mr. Gladin explained that the preparation of this planning application is

not restricted to just the city planning staff, but involves many agencies
whose staffs have been working on the matter for a year and the results

at this point do not merely represent a six weeks effort, but actually about -
a year and a half to two years. He also explained that it is not contemplated
there will be an additional large staff to implement this particular project,

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but rather a smaller coordinating staff (5 to 6 people) working
directly out of the Mayor's office under a program coordinator who
will be responsible for coordination of all activities of the
responsible agencies involved.

The Committee agreed with the principle but raised the practical
objection as to staff availability.

Mr. Gladin explained that in developing the application, proposals
will be made for administering the program but at this point all
of these questions have not been answered.

Mr. Sweat re-emphasized that it is only being requested at this point

to file an application for planning funds; that a massive amount of
research material has resulted from the CIP study and Atlanta has more
information from which to put together an application than any other
city, except perhaps those who have a completed CIP study. He suggested
that a copy of the complete program guide lines should be furnished to
the Committee members as soon as possible,

Mr. Cook concluded by requesting that Mr. Gladin inform the neighborhood
residents that this program is still in the preliminary stages and that
funds were not yet available for execution.

Colonel Malcolm Jones gave the following report in behalf of the

Housing Resources Committee: The response to the Mayor's Housing Conference
of November 15, 1966, calling for 16,800 additional low and medium cost
standard housing units in Atlanta during the next five years (9,800 by
December, 1968) has far exceeded the expectations of the Housing Resources
Committee. It has been announced by Mr. Cecil Alexander, Chairman, that

51 separate projects have been proposed or are in execution, or completed;
9,311 units are completed, under construction, and/or proposed since

the Mayor's Conference. A breakdown of this total was then given in

three categories as follows: 3,963 units ~ probable; 1,540 units - being
considered; and 800 units - doubtful. The 9,311 total includes 1,206
public housing units, 66 of which are being leased. In addition, 1,424
existing units are proposed for rehabilitation and of the 9,311 total,
1,652 units are estimated to be available during '67 and 4,075 available
during '68 so that there is now a total of 5,727 units in sight for the
next two years. Colonel Jones then stated that in addition to the Chairman
and Co-Chairman initially appointed to the Housing Resources Committee,
Mayor Allen is now appointing additional prominent community leaders to the
Committee to serve on nine different panels — Legal, Construction & Design,
Financing, Non-Profit Funds, Public Housing, Land Acquisition and
Rehabilitation, Social Problems, Business Participation, and Public
Information; that an organizational meeting of the entire Committee is
scheduled to be held February 9 and details will be announced later,
Colonel Jones concluded by informing the Committee that Mr. William W.

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Gates, retired former Chief Underwriter for FHA in Atlanta, has accepted
an appointment as Special Advisor to the Housing Resources Committee

and will be available in the committee office in the City Hall each
Thursday to advise and assist builders and developers interested in FHA
programs; further, their Committee is trying to keep an inventory of

the different projects and proposals coming up and would appreciate
receiving any information on such matters. (Copy of Report attached).

Mr. Cook asked how many of the 5,727 units would be public housing,
to which Colonel Jones replied 2,406.

Mr. Sommerville asked how many units in Rockdale were included in the
three categories, to which Colonel Jones stated roughly 250.

Mr. Satterfield gave a brief resume of the time schedules on various
projects with statistics (Thomasville, McDaniel, Rockdale, etc.) and Mr.
Cook subsequently requested of Mr. Satterfield a chronological listing of
these projects with time schedules and that each member of the Planning &
Development Committee be furnished with a copy.

Mr. Gladin then gave each Committee member a Fact Sheet of the Nash-Washington
Urban Renewal Area, along with a letter from Mayor Allen, requesting

that the Planning & Development Committee reconsider its previous rejection
of and approve the submission of a Survey and Planning Application for the
Nash-Washington Area in view of the progress that has been made in providing
housing and the future outlook. (Mayor Allen's letter contained supporting
statistics, as outlined by Colonel Jones' housing report).

At this point, Mr. Gladin pointed out the need to select a name for the

Referring to the Fact Sheet, Pierce Mahony of the departmental staff briefed
the Committee on the Survey and Planning Application, covering the following
major points — Description, Goals, Proposed Reuses and Improvements;
Methods and Procedures, Financing, Option on Sewers, and Possible Sources of

He then stated the recommendations of the planning staff, as outlined in
a memorandum to Chairman Cook, dated January 27, 1966. (See copy attached).

There was a lengthy discussion of the Nash-Washington Project, including

the controversial location of the new junior high school and the major problem
of relocation. It was the tenor of the conversation that the Committee members
were very frustrated and disillusioned over time schedules that are
continually not met because of any number of delays; that they were tired

of dealing with the people on promises and unless some better assurances

could be given the Committee (than had been done in the past) that housing

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would be available to the people in this area, then they would be-reluctant
to approve the Survey and Planning Application, It was generally felt

that there was, however, a favorable trend in providing adequate housing
and this Committee would certainly not want to reverse or slow down this

Mr. Charles Hart, 807 Commodore Drive, speaking as a layman, expressed
his disappointment at past efforts in this regard, but stated he too felt
the trend was favorable.

The Committee then gave tentative approval to the project, with the
tentative name - "Nash-Bans Project Area" - pending further discussion of
the project with area residents. The Committee stressed that evidence of
neighborhood support of the program will have to precede final approval of
the planning application request.

The Committee discussed a Bill to incorporate certain land adjacent to the
City of East Point. This review was made in response to Representative
Dick Lane's (of the 126th District) letter of January 12 to Mayor Allen
requesting comment on the proposal. Mr. Bill Bush was present in behalf

of the City of Atlanta Water Department, In reviewing maps of Land Lot's 1
and 37 of the 14th District (consisting of 24 parcels) and noting their
relationship to the corporate limits of both Atlanta and East Point, the
Committee observed (1) that this area would provide one direction in which
the City of Atlanta might expand in the future; (2) one of the City of
Atlanta's major water mains (approximately 1600 feet valued at $32,000)
supplying water to a large part of South Fulton County is located in Welcome
All Road which runs north and south through the area under consideration and
must continue to be maintained or be relocated by the City of Atlanta in
order to provide uninterrupted service to Fulton County.

Mr, Leftwich then moved that the Committee take a stand against passage

of the Annexation Bill. This motion was unanimously approved by the Committee
and Mr, Gladin was requested that this information be conveyed to the

Fulton County Delegation. (See attached sheet for additional action taken on
this matter),

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

Approved: Respectfully submitted,


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