Former Atlanta Mayor and Buckhead Coalition President Sam Massell sent a letter on Friday to Hakim Hilliard, attorney for the 2500 Peachtree Condominium Association, suggesting a way to preserve the historic Buckhead Randolph-Lucas House, which is facing a possible demolition, and appease the condo owners at the same time.
Here, in full, is the text of Massell’s letter to the McKenna, Long and Aldridge attorney, which was also sent to Buckhead Patch:
“Although I am a Board Member of the Buckhead Heritage Society, I’m writing this in my capacity as President of the Buckhead Coalition, which serves as somewhat like the Chamber of Commerce for the Community. It happens I’m also a resident of Peachtree Heights West.
“I have not had a formal relationship with the 2500 Peachtree Condominium Association, however I have mentioned to individual residents at different times suggested solutions for future maintenance and use of the Randolph-Lucas House. Thus, I take this means to propose an idea to the Association through you as its attorney.
“I believe we can find or create a Foundation that would receive ownership (and accept compliance with the original zoning agreement), which should reduce the taxation on the condo owners. The plan would be for The Foundation to operate this house as an Atlanta Mayor’s Mansion—not for residential occupancy, but for ceremonial events.
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“The prestige to the Condo Association, Buckhead and Atlanta would be obvious, and the Coalition would be pleased to assist with this initiative.”
The letter is signed by Massell and is written on formal Buckhead Coalition stationery. Copies were also sent to Wright Mitchell of the Buckhead Heritage Society and Buff Quillian of the Peachtree Heights West Civic Association.
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