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Dollar Square owner evicted, order to pay up

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The owner of the Dollar Square Store in downtown Albany has been ordered to vacate the downtown property he leases immediately. In a certified letter sent yesterday, Tim Washington was told to leave and pay $4900 in back rent.

ADCIA is also ordering him to repay thousands of dollars in façade grants he was given by former CEO Don Buie. Interim ADICA Director James Taylor says he will bar the doors if necessary to get Tim Washington out of the Dollar Square.

Tim Washington just opened the Dollar Square on Jackson Street earlier this year, and already, he's being told to get out.  James Taylor said, "He hasn't paid rent, he hasn't done anything, so he doesn't have any right to possession of that property according to our attorneys."

Dougherty County owns the building, but ADICA leases it for more than $2,000 a month. Washington signed a lease agreement with Don Buie, who's since been fired for mismanagement of taxpayer dollars. In that lease, Washington agrees to pay $700 a month, but so far, hasn't paid any, even though he was reminded to pay up last month.

Taylor said, "He hasn't done that so we've notified him that now is time for him to vacate the building that we need to return the property to the county who owns the property."

If he doesn't leave voluntarily and within the next 10 days, Interim ADICA Director James Taylor says he'll do whatever necessary to get Washington out.  He said, "We're going to have to take whatever legal action we can to force him to evacuate the buildings even if that means barring the doors."

But the county is owed thousands of dollars in back rent, too, from ADICA. Money that Taylor hopes the county will forgive the organization.  He said, "We certainly would like for them to give us a break if they can."

If they don't, Taylor says ADICA will repay the county, but hopes that they will allow ADICA to get out of its lease with them.

Dollar Square owner Tim Washington told the ADICA board last month that the lease he signed with Don Buie was just for the public to see, and that they really had a secret email deal where he only had to pay one dollar a month in rent for the first two years he was in that building.

We tried getting a comment from Washington Tuesday about the eviction letter, but he's not received his certified copy yet. He says he'll speak to us after he receives that.

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