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New life for the Ritz?

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany leaders hope to find a new organization to revive a historical building downtown. The Ritz Cultural Center was built in the 30s, and renovated in the 90's, but it's been empty for about two years.

The city recently accepted a round of proposals from organizations interested in using the facility. The only requirements for applying were to ensure the organization has enough financial backing for operations and for the upkeep of the building.

Also, at least 51% of programming has to be geared toward low and moderate income persons. "It's a building that's on the National Historical Register so there's a certain amount of history that it speaks to and we want to preserve that and that's one of the reasons that we are looking for someone who will not only run programs, but take care of the building."

The deadline for organizations to submit proposals has passed. City leaders hope to find a new organization to move into the center soon.

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