June 28, 2012
At the June 27, 2012 Atlanta Urban Design Commission hearing, the application for a Type IV Certificate of Appropriateness for demolition due to unreasonable economic return submitted by the Georgia Tech Foundation for 771 Spring Street, the Crum & Forster Building, was deferred to August 8, 2012.
Representatives from the Atlanta Preservation Center were in attendance to monitor the deferral that was requested by the Economic Review Panel. The rationale of the Panel was that all three members of the Panel were not able to be at the June 27 hearing.
The Economic Review Panel submitted its recommendation to the Atlanta Urban Design Commission via a letter on Thursday, June 21, 2012. The letter stated that the Panel was unanimous in its finding that reasonable economic return could not be achieved if all of the Landmark building remained. The letter is available here. The APC submitted materials to counter the Panel’s findings.
It is important to know that the Atlanta Urban Design Commission does not have to accept the findings of the Economic Review Panel. This fact makes the participation of the public imperative for saving ALL of the Landmark Crum & Forster Building.