Engage to Save All of Crum & Forster

May 23, 2012

The Atlanta PreservationCenter continues to engage in the struggle to save all of theLandmarkCrum & ForsterBuilding.  The Center submitted a package of materials in opposition to the application Type IV Certificate of Appropriateness, Unreasonable Economic Return to the Atlanta Urban Design Commission on Monday, May 21, 2012, thus meeting the deadline for submissions to the Commission for the appointed Economic Review Panel.

 The Georgia Tech Foundation, Inc. filed this application to demolish approximately two-thirds of theLandmarkCrum & ForsterBuildingon April 17, 2012. The matter was heard by the Commission on May 9, 2012 when arguments were made for and against the application, documents were submitted and two members of the Economic Review Panel were appointed. To date, the third member of this panel has not been announced.

 The next hearing by the Commission of this application is scheduled for Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 4:00 pm. At that time the findings of the Economic Review Panel will be considered by the Commission, public comment will be heard and a decision on the application is anticipated.

 TheAtlantaPreservationCenteris continuing to encourage the public to contact the Commission and officials involved in the application. It is the position of the Center that the application’s argument of unreasonable economic return is unsupported and that the partial demolition of a Landmark property undermines the integrity of City’s Preservation Ordinance.

Help a Child Discover Atlanta

May 14, 2012

Would you like to help a disadvantaged youngster take advantage of APC’s Summer camp?

Last year, The Atlanta Preservation Center’s Summer Camp attendees included seven young people from the Atlanta Mission Homeless Shelter whose tuition was paid by generous contributions.

As a result of that rewarding experience, this year we will dedicate all ten spots to children from the Atlanta Mission. Our goal is to provide a positive, thought provoking, unique experience that will also be fun, educational and memorable. We want these children to discover Atlanta’s rich history, architecture and culture through hands-on learning and field trips.

We ask for your help in making this week-long camp possible through a sponsorship. The $275 tuition for each child includes meals, snacks, drinks, materials for activities and admission into sites.

Or, a gift in any amount will help to cover our transportation for the week, which will be a rented van that will allow the camp to visit diverse sites and neighborhoods throughout Atlanta.

Contributions can be made by check mailed to APC or online by clicking the Donate button on the top right of the page.

First AUDC Hearing for Crum & Forster

May 10, 2012

The first Atlanta Urban Design Commission hearing related to the application for partial demolition of the Landmark Crum & Forster Building by the Georgia Tech Foundation, Inc. was held in Old City Council Chambers in the Landmark City Hall yesterday, Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm. The matter was scheduled to be heard fourth on the agenda but was moved and heard last.

Once heard, the Foundation was represented by legal council, Carl Westmoreland, John E. Majeroni, Executive Director of the Georgia Tech Office of Real Estate Development and Tom Ventulett of Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates, Inc. Architects for the proposed project. Opposition to the application followed. The following spoke in opposition to the application: Robert Zoeckler, legal counsel for the Atlanta Preservation Center; Boyd Coons, Executive Director of the Atlanta Preservation Center; Laura DePree, architect and granddaughter of Lewis Crook (an architect of the Crum & Forster Building and graduate of Georgia Tech School of Architecture); and Erin Kane, architectural historian and VP of Historic Preservation for the Inman Park Neighborhood Association. There were more than 30 citizens present in opposition to the application.

Two individuals were appointed to the economic review panel. Tom Aderhold, President of Aderhold Properties, was appointed by the Georgia Tech Foundation. Scott R. Taylor, President of Carter & Associates, was appointed by the Atlanta Urban Design Commission. A third person will be appointed by the first two appointees to complete the panel. This panel is charged with reviewing and making recommendations to the Atlanta Urban Design Commission related to the unreasonable economic return feature of the application for demolition.

It was decided by the Atlanta Urban Design Commission that any materials related to this application shall be submitted to the Commission by Monday, May 21, 2012, 5:00 pm. Assuming that the economic review panel reaches a decision, the Commission will next hear this case on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 4:00 pm at City Hall. (Since the time of this post, the hearing has been deferred to June 27th.)

Change in AUDC Meeting Location

May 9, 2012

We’ve just been notified that thisafternoon’s AUDC meeting will NOT be held in Council Chambers. 

Instead, it will be in the Old CouncilChambers which are on the 3rd floor of the original City HallBuilding, at 68 Mitchell Street SW, Atlanta GA 30303 at 4:00 pm. So please enter from Mitchell Street or you can enter from Trinity and walk through the atrium to the Mitchell Street building. 

The security personnel at the building’sentrance can provide directions. In addition, APC staff will be posted atstrategic points to direct folks, including at the Trinity Street entrance. 

Please notify anyone you know may be planning to attend.

Act for Preservation Today!

Today is the day of the first AUDC Meeting in the application process to demolish approximately 2/3 of the Crum & Forster Building.

The first Atlanta Urban Design Commission meeting that needs your presence is today Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm at the City Council Chambers in City Hall, 55 Trinity Avenue SW, Atlanta GA 30303. We have two expectations of this meeting: an economic review panel may be empowered to consider the application and the APC and others will submit materials and statements in support or denial of the application.
It is expected there will be two Atlanta Urban Design Commission meetings which will require a notable presence of those interested in the preservation of this building and the integrity of Atlanta’s Preservation Ordinance. Please note that public demonstrations are not allowed in the Council Chamber but a recognizable public turnout is essential to defeating this application.

Visit the Crum & Forster Page for complete details on this situation and an action plan to stop the demolition threat.

Act for Preservation

May 3, 2012

An action plan is in place. The Crum & Forster Building, the City’s Preservation Ordinance and the Atlanta Preservation Center need your help. Visit the Crum & Forester page for details.