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Phoebe Putney sets its eyes on South Albany

January 21, 2003

Albany - Phoebe Putney hospital wants to build a convenient care office in South Albany, and the city may help pay for it. On Tuesday, Albany commissioners discussed ways to spend nearly $2,000,000 in Flood Recovery money, received in 1996.

The money must be used to develop a 6 acre plot of land between Newton Road and Madison in South Albany. Commissioner Bo Dorough wants the city to build a shopping center in the area. "We need to spend the money to shape up South Albany. A shopping center with dry-cleaners, grocery stores, and other stores is need in the area, " said Dorough. "The rest of the money could go to other projects such as a community center at Carver Park."

The city hasn't had any luck finding interested businesses to locate to the shopping center. But, Phoebe Putney wants the space. Hospital officials says if the city builds the facility, they will rent it on a long term lease.

"South Albany is in need of a health care facility. Health offices usually draw other businesses to the area as well," said Phoebe Putney Vice President Dr. Frank Middleton.

But, Dorough and several other commissioners don't think it's right to use flood money to build the convenient care office. "If Phoebe wants to locate in to South Albany, they should pay for the development just like they did in Northwest and East Albany."

Commissioners are expected to vote on the use of the flood recovery money at their meeting next Tuesday night.

Posted at 5:45PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com