City Council Briefs: Clubhouse subleased; body cameras; library nominated as historic place

The club house at Bobby Jones Golf Course.

During its Monday May 7 meeting, the Atlanta City Council approved legislation by City Councilmember J. P. Matzigkeit authorizing sublease of the historic clubhouse at Bobby Jones Golf Course in Buckhead to the Haynes Manor Recital Hall Foundation. The foundation plans to convert the property on Woodward Way into a concert hall and music education center.

“I’m excited for this project, which was begun by Councilmember Yolanda Adrean, and has reached another milestone with the City Council’s approval today. It’s a win for the city, the neighborhood and great music in Atlanta,” Matzigkeit said.

The foundation will sublease the building from the city for $10 per year through 2037. Under the terms of the sublease agreement, the main level of the clubhouse will be used for private events including music recitals. The sublessee will use the lower level for programs and as a meeting space open to the public.

The historic Bobby Jones Golf Course clubhouse was built using money generated by the golf course and $20,000 raised by the City of Atlanta, according to City records. It opened in 1941 on land given to the city by Haynes Manor developer Eugene Haynes.

In other news, the city council approved:

  • An ordinance by City Councilmember Howard Shook requiring the city’s Department of Procurement to post emergency contracts on the department’s website for public inspection.
  • A resolution by the Public Safety and Legal Administration Committee authorizing the purchase of 180 body-worn cameras and video cloud storage for officers and supervisors working at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Precinct.
  • An ordinance by City Councilmember Ivory Lee Young, Jr. renaming Vine City Park to the June Elois Mundy Park. Mundy was a tireless community advocate for neighborhoods in the city of Atlanta. During her career as an urban planner, she helped design towns in Nigeria and Egypt. Mundy died in January 2007 at the age of 57.
  • A resolution supporting the Georgia Department of Natural Resources – Historic Preservation Division’s nomination of the Atlanta-Fulton County Central Library to the National Register of Historic Places. The library was designed by architect Marcel Breuer, who also designed the UNESCO World Headquarters in Paris and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. He was considered a pioneer of the cubist, brutalist architectural style. He was specifically selected because this style represented a break from the regressive norms of the time in an effort to physically and symbolically present a new, progressive Atlanta to the world.
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