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By Len Kiese - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  The new year is bringing renewed focus on downtown Albany development.

The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority has a big question--"How do you envision downtown?" They hope to have a lot of community leaders answer that question during a 3-day listening session.

The Department of Community Affairs agreed to head up those discussions some time next month. ADICA hopes to get some of Albany's key players involved and eventually get a consensus on a plan of action commitment to revitalize downtown.

People who had input on Albany's master plan back in the 1990's will also be asked for input.

In other ADICA news, the wheels have come to a temporary stop at one downtown Albany attraction. The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority is closing the Riverskate Park for now.

Last March, ADICA agreed to extend the Skate Park's lease for three years but that lease was never signed. The facility is now closed until the lease issue is resolved and the manager provides proof of liability insurance.

Some of Albany's biggest and brightest residents will soon get a makeover. The turtles around downtown have become symbols of Albany. City leaders say they need to look better. Community members of Albany's Leadership Class of 2008 agreed to refurbish the 36-turtles.

The hope is that they'll be looking new in time for the Georgia Cities Foundation's Heart and Soul Bus tour that will bring dozens of visitors to the city in April.

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