June 7, 2012
The struggle to save all of the Landmark Crum & Forster Building continues. The Atlanta Preservation Center has been advised that the next hearing of the Crum & Forster matter before the Atlanta Urban Design Commission will be deferred from June 13 to June 27. Please put this new date on your calendar and watch for APC’s reminder notice closer to the time.
To review, the Georgia Tech Foundation, Inc. has applied for a permit that will allow the demolition of approximately two-thirds of this Landmark building located in Midtown at 771 Spring Street. At the time of this writing, the Economic Review Panel appointed to review the evidence submitted in opposition to and in support of the Type IV Certificate of Appropriateness Unreasonable Economic Return had not made its recommendations to the Commission.
At the May 9, 2012, Atlanta Urban Design Commission hearing, evidence was submitted related to the application and two members of the Economic Review Panel were appointed. Tom Aderhold, President of Aderhold Properties, was appointed by the Georgia Tech Foundation. Scott R. Taylor, President of Carter & Associates, was appointed by the Commission. These two panelists appointed John D. Shlesinger, Vice Chairman of the worldwide commercial real-estate firm, CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc., during the latter part of May. This panel is charged with reviewing and making recommendations to the Atlanta Urban Design Commission related to the unreasonable economic return aspect of the application for demolition.
The Atlanta Preservation Center is 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 the City’s Preservation Ordinance.