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By Len Kiese - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - As Albany city leaders crack down on owners of dilapidated property, it turns out the city owns property that's been a rundown mess for nearly three years.

Some city-owned apartments on Odom Avenue were damaged by fire in September 2006. Since then, the city has tried to sell the property as-is and tried to get rid of asbestos and demolish it. Nothing's worked out.

Tuesday, the city signed a contract with a company to complete the environmental rehabilitation of the property so they can finally tear it down. Assistant City Manager James Taylor admits it's taken a lot longer than it should have.

"We've learned a lot from the process and all things are not equal when it comes to a building so we know what to do the next time and we hope to do a better job. We did fall down in some areas," said Taylor.

The whole process will cost about $50,000. The city hopes to recoup some of that money by selling the property.

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