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.)