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April 21 , 196 7

A reg ular mee ting o f the Urban Re newa l Policy Committee was he ld on Frid ay , April 21, 1967 at 10:00 A. M. in Committee Room # 2, Second Floor, City Hall, The f ollowing membe rs we r e pr es ent: Ro dney Cook , Chairman Edwi n Sterne Gr ego r y Gri gg s Geo rg e Cotsakis Frank Etheridge Absent: Hugh Pi erc e John F lanigen Also p resent were: George Aldridge J im Kl u t t z George Berr y John I zard Hugh Pe ter son Robert Somme rville Howard Open shaw Colli er Gl adin Le s Perse lls Bob Biv ens The Chairman c a ll ed the meet ing to o r der and the following bus iness wa s considered : Mr . Gla din introdu ced t o the Committee and other s pres ent , Mr . J immy Kl utt z , a new additio n to the City' s planning s taff. He stated that Mr . Klu t tz comes to the City hi ghly rec ommended with impressive qu ali fi c a t i ons; that he has several yea r s e xperience in the housing f i eld and will serv e as the City's coo rdinat o r of urba n renewal. In b eha l f of t he Committee, Cha irma n Cook re cognized and welcomed Mr . Kluttz, s tating t hey look f o r ward t o working with him.

Submis s ion of Re v ised Applicat io n t o Combi ne the Bu t t ermi l k Bottoms and Bedford Pine Pro ject Area. Mr, Persells exh i bited a comb ined map of the two e xi s ting project areas and stated that at the time this was initi ally discussed with the re newal assi s tance administrati on , the Hou s ing Authority was advised that the neces s ary right-of-way f o r the wi dening of Bedford Place could be dedicated to the City and that the City could proceed

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with the widening project, however, when Part I of the Buttermilk Bottoms Application was presented for their review and approval, a change of policy at the Federal level was made, necessitating that the City purchase the right-of-way for the street widening, which will require a cash outlay of a quarter of a million dollars. Mr. Persells stated further that inasmuch as the City is not in a position to make this cash outlay, the only solution to the problem s e ems to be to combine the two projects. He then cited the advantages to such a combination: First, the proximity of the projects to each other dictate a tying together of the street alignments; since there is a change in street grades as much as 20 feet at some points, considerable regrading of the street system will be required. Secondly, there is a Federal restriction on relocating people outside o f a project proper, and combination of the two projects would permit the temporary on-site relocation of people from one project to the other. Thirdly, if the projects aren't combined, the City stands to lose approximately $125,000 in credits for the widening of Bedford. Mr. Openshaw explained the existing project boundary line is on the east side of Bedford; the City is i mmedia tely widening on the west side of Bedf ord to 3 lanes ( a ll within the Buttermilk Bottoms project) and this being the boundary line , only 50 percent credit will be , 'eligible, both in the cost of the right-of-way and street improvements, unless the projects are combined so as to include the east side of Bedford, making it an interior street; this would then per mit a 100 percent credit f or t he widening that the City had hoped ~o rece ive . Mr . Pers el ls sta t ed als o the coor di nation , a cqui sition , demol ition and reloca tion wil l be much simpl er a s a sin-. gle pr o jec t , r ather than two. Dur ing ensuing discussion, Mr . Cook expres s ed concern about the a dditiona l del ay in acquisition of propert ies i n t he Bu ttermilk Bottoms projec t since the people in this area have been t old it would begin within t he next six week s. The Commi ttee was a l s o doub t f ul tha t i t woul d involve jus t a six months de lay, and Mr . Cook f urther expr essed parti cular concern about known har ds hip cases al ong Forres t Avenue . Mr . Persells explained that he did not believe there would be t hat much delay i n the pr oj e c ts actually ; that as s oon as the Survey and Planning App l i cati on i s submitted t o combine the proj e c ts, t he Housing Au thority can immedi ately proceed with preparation of Part I of the app l ication and would expect t o have it r e ady by the time the Survey and Pl anning Application is approved; that since about 60% of the Buttermilk Bottoms project has been acquired under the Letter of Consent method the Authority has agreed that it would not make any such additional request after the Federal people h ad called to their attention that you cannot execu te a ~roject under the guise of Letters of Consent. However, in order to facilitate a cquisition of hardship cases, Mr. Persells stated Mr. Davis (City Comptroller) has agreed to make available up to $250,000 to purchase bona f ide hardship cases in the 40% balance of the project; that based on a preli minary survey of the types of hardship cases existing and

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potential numbers, it is felt this amount will take care of the situation during the additional delay involved in submitting the revised Survey and Planning Application. In addition to this, Mr. Persells stated the Authority also proposes to request an amendment to the last Letter of Consent to include the acquisition of three pieces of property at the corner of Piedmont and Forrest which are among the priority hardship cases; that the advance acquisition of these three tracts will solidify the area and facilitate development of the entrance to the auditorium. In response to questioning by Chairman Cook, Mr. Persells stated that through two bond issues, three and one quarter million dollars in urban renewal funds have been allocated, most of which are committed; that present estimates indicate when all credits in all of the urban renewal areas the City now has are pooled, the City's total cash requirement (the actual cash amount the City will have in the projects)' will be about $900,000. It was mentioned that this figure was dependent upon all of the non-cash credits currently scheduled in the projects being built. Mr. Somme rville felt any delays which are not absolutely necQssary should be avoided. He stated delays of this sort imperil the entire urban renewal process and creates an attitude of bitterness toward the City on the part of people living in these areas. After other discussion, it was the general consensus of the Committee that combining of the two projects would be desirable and beneficial t o the City if the matter of acquisition of hardship cases could be assured, In answer to questioning by Chairman Cook, George Berry of the Comptroller's Office stated he felt additional funds, beyond the $250,000, could be provided, within reason, for bona fide hardship cases. A motion wa s t hen made by Mr. Griggs and seconded by Mr, Et heridge

tha t t he Commi ttee approve t he combining of the two projects and accept t he lo an of $250,000 from the City to permit advance acquisition of p r op e r t ies de t e rmined to be hardship cases. Messrs. Sterne and Sommerville rel uctan tl y concurred with the motion.

There was then a l engthy di scus s i on relative t o the t h ir t een acre s of property l y ing withi n the University Center Proje c t which the Policy Committee had allocated f o r 221-D-3 housing. (See Mi nutes o f March 4, 1966, Pages 2 & 3). This entire area, inclqding the ten acres awarded . to the colleges, was originall y scheduled for 221-D-3 housing, with the ten acres being excluded for college utilization. Mr, Persells stated the thirteen acres was offered for sale on April 12 and that he would like to discuss a

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0 schedule of dates for presentations by the proposed developers - seven at the present time. He explained that in an amendment to the offering, each proposer has been advised he will be given an opportunity to be heard for thirty minutes, with an additional thirty minutes for questions and answers; that it might be advisable to divide the proposals and hear them on two successive days; that he would like to arrange these meetings so that as many members of the committee as possible could attend. In addition to the oral presentations, Mr. Persells stated he hoped to have available, prior to the hearings, written comments on each proposal, highlighting points of interest. Chairman Cook then stated he was greatly disturbed about the offering price of this property ($74,000) stating he felt it was entirely too low a nd unreasonable; that while a specific write-down figure was never mentioned in the discussion of this property for 221-D-3 housing, . the Committee anticipated the property would be sold at a reduced cost for this type development, but not for $74,000 which amounts to about $5,000 an acre.

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Mr. Cook stated he felt this type of question was a real policy decision matter and the offering at this price should have been b~ought back to the Corrnnittee, Mr. Openshaw stated the Authority appraised the property on the basis of 221-D-3 housing, which they were instructed to do. Mr . Cook ag reed with this, but reiterated no specific write-down figure was mentioned and the Committee had no idea it would be so low; that he did not want to get into this situation again. Mr. Etheridge stated the Housing Authority's Board of Commi ssioners had approved the offering on the assumption that proper steps had been taken; that he, quite frankly, was surpri sed at the low appraisal. It was pointed out that thi s area has been designated for low-cost housing from t he beginning o f the project and it was recognized that this would result in a below market price. The only action taken by the Committee was t o exclude the ten acres for the Universities, resulting in a substantial increase t o the City. After other discussion, it was felt by eve ryone, however, that renewed emphasis should be placed on communication between the Policy Committee and the Authority in such matters and that in the f utu re , they would be brought back to the Committee. Also, Mr . Persells was asked to continue to study the situation at hand so see what steps could be taken to get a higher appraisal of the land without jeopardizing t he steps already taken. The Committee then expressed delight at a nd after a discussion of various dates was unanimously agreed as follows: The P. M. to hear 4 of the 7 proposals; and remaining three.

the submission of multiple proposals for presentations by the developers, it Committee would meet on May 9 at 4:00 on May 10 at 9:00 A. M. to hearing the

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Following a brief discussion, the Committee unanimously concurred _ that the Housing Authority would proceed with the selling of properties (prior to actual acquisition by the Housing Authority) between Oak and Gordon Street s, east of Sear s, designated for shopping center development in t he reuse plans. Mr . Persells explained the Authority could sell the properties prior to acquisition, although they could not convey the title.

As a ma tt e r of information, Mr . Persells exp lained that Parcels C-1 , 3 and 4 of the Raws on-Washingto n Urban Redevelopment Area had been offered for 22 1-D- 3 development. The area is comprised of 7.6 acres , and wil l permit a maximum of 152 units. The property lies near the Sta t e office building complex , a cro ss from Cap itol Homes, right on Interstate 20 at the on and off ramps a nd has frontage on both Rawson and Logan Streets. Mr . Persells stated the prop osals will be op ened at the Housing Authori ty on May 1, 1967 at 10:00 A. M. He presented each Committee memb er with a copy o f the brochure prepared for the offering.

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The Committee discussed a request by the GeorgiQ Hospital Association, Inc . for a change in the preliminary plans submit.ted by them in conne ction with a proposal to purchase Parcel D-lOb in the Butler Street Urban Redevelopment Area . Mr . Perse lls stated the proposal of the Hospital Ass oc iation has bee n a ccepted but the agreement f or disposition of the land has not b een consummated; that the As sociation has now requested permission to reduce the size o f the proposed building to two stories (3 were originally proposed with first f loor parking ) with parking space provid ed outside o f the building, rather than undernea t h as indicated orig inally; a lso, · this would reduce the estimated c o s t of construction from $235,000.00 to approximately $140,000 . 00. He _f urther stated no other proposal to buy a nd r e dev e lop this property h~d been received. The Committee unanimously rejected the Hos p ital Association's substantial decrease in their improvements, but asked that Mr . Persell s write them and give them the option o f s ubmitting plan s substantially in conformance with their ori ginal proposa l, or provide the Committee with sufficient si te elevat ions and details as to how the amended proposal would enhance the surrounding neighborhood.

b rief presentation was made on the four proposals for development of the Rockdale Urban Redevelopment Area . Mr. Persells commented that the financial solvency o f each developer and their ability to carry out

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their proposal had been verified by a special department of the Trust Company of Georgia.

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It was unanimously decided that a special meeting would be held Tuesday, April . 25, at 4:00 P. M. to discuss these four proposals, and that the Housing Authority's Board of Connnissioners would be invited to attend. (See Minutes of April 25, 1967).

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Parcel D-19 - Rawson-Washington Urban Renewal Project. Mr. Persells gave the status of this property as being the same as reported at the meeting of February 17, 1967. (See Minutes, page 6).

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Butler Street Project Area - Mr. Persells reported that all remaining properties within this area will be advertised within the next three to four weeks. The Policy Committee again expressed the hope that this project would be finalized as quickly as possible and requested the Authority to contact the Board of Education and advise them of this and get some firm commitment on the Butler Street School. There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned.

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