June 25, 2012
The challenge to save ALL of the Landmark Crum & Forster Building continues with the decision of the Economic Review Panel and the uncertainty as to whether the Atlanta Urban Design Commission will hear the application this Wednesday, June 27, 2012.
The Economic Review Panel submitted its recommendation to the Atlanta Urban Design Commission via a letter on Thursday, June 21, 2012. John Shlesinger submitted the letter on behalf of the Panel. 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 also communicated the opinion of the Panel that saving part of the building was “gracious and fair.” The letter is available here.
Via email to interested parties, Doug Young of the Commission indicated that the Economic Review Panel has requested a deferral of the case from the June 27, 2012 Commission hearing. In requesting this deferral, the Panel did not indicate its preferred date for the case to be heard. As of Monday, June 25, 2012, the case remains on the agenda for the hearing.
Until further information is obtained from the Atlanta Urban Design Commission, it should be assumed that the matter of the application of a Certificate of Appropriateness: Unreasonable Economic Return to demolish approximately two-thirds of the Landmark Crum & Forster Building will be heard on Wednesday, June 27 and that the Commission will rule on the application.