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Judge approves $6 million bond, city shares ideas on downtown redevelopment

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A day after the court validated a $six million bond to redevelop downtown, the city manager says he looks forward to improving downtown.

Albany City Manager Alfred Lott says he wants to see more store store fronts downtown that would stay open past normal working hours to bring in more activity.He also says the city would also like to bring more condos, townhouses and apartments to downtown.

"We want to get people living downtown and more businesses like hardware stores, drug store, and corner grocery stores to support people that live on the river," Alfred commented.

The Dougherty County Taxpayers Association tried to stop the bond issue because the city claimed the delay was costing the city money in higher interest.

Since the taxpayers group missed a deadline to put up $600,000 to offset those losses, the judge says the bond can go ahead.Lott said the money from the bond will offer incentives to attract new investors downtown.

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