Box 5, Folder 5, Document 8

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Box 5, Folder 5, Document 8

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August 5, 1969

Subject: Operation Breakthrough


This is a HUD sponsored housing project designed to create a working
partnership of Federal, State and ieeal governments, labor, industry, the
financial community, home builders sha consumers, |

One prototype site is to be selected in each HUD Region (possibly re
fs two Regions).

Prototype sites may be proposed by State, County or City Officials,
housing authorities, private developers or financial Somtacoie: However,
proposals must be endorsed and supported by appropriate elected officials.

Proposals (involving considerable detail) must be sieeniticd to HUD,»
Washington, ID, F by September 19, 1969, a :

Design and development contracts will be awarded to those submitting
‘the-best and most promising proposals, |

Developments are to be planned and managed by HUD and will include
mixed type neues for use by mixed economic levels and with racial integration,

Sites may vary from 5-30 acres, with expectation of development of.

up to 100 units,
The following are some of the more pertinent requirements:
a. Willingness to adjust codes as necessary and to accept building

and land use concepts developed in Operation Breakthrough.
b, That necessary services and facilities are available or readily


Cc. Arrangements for bringing the land under federal control and

d,- Overall site planning will be performed by a planning organization:

selected by HUD.
e. Arrangements for eventual disposition of the tract and prototype
housing after prototype period,
£, Considerable detailed specific data is required to be submitted
_, with the proposal,
Particular advantages to cities and programs available to be used in support

of the Breakthrough are shown in attached, (Enclosures 1 and 2, )


It appears that this is perhaps the best means of obtaining local
demonstration of housing innovations, techniques, materials, methods of construction
and experimentation in overcoming unnecessary code restraints,

If Atlanta could be selected as one of the prototype sites, it would serve
to keep the City in its already respected position of leadership in the housing field.

It would be very appropriate and helpful if one of eh leading banks (or
Building and Loan Associations in Atlanta would sponsor this program and file
application for a Regional Pratetype site. However, in view of the short time
available for filing application and the many innovative approaches involved in the
project, it will probably be more practical for it to be undertaken by an existing

public organization, such as the Housing Authority.

That the Housing Authority of the City of Atlanta be requested to select
a suitable site and submit an application for a Regional Prototype Site aden

Operation Breakthrough,

Encls: As Listed




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