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By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – The wrecking ball was busy at the old Byne Church site today, bringing down the old in preparation for the new.

A  new, nine million dollar senior citizen complex will be built on the sight.

Demolition got underway today on the old Byne Church On North Jefferson Street to make room for their brand new, state of the art facilities.

"We are in the process of now taking down some of the buildings that had asbestos and termites and other things," said Executive Director of the Southwest Georgia Council (SOWEGA) on Aging, Kay Hind.

The SOWEGA Council on Aging has needed a new senior citizen center for years.

"The roof leaks and it's too small and the kitchen is not really adequate for the number of meals we want to serve," continued Hind.

The council plans to move all three of their offices and two senior centers into the brand new buildings.

"We're excited about it. We'll all be in one location, we plan to make it very attractive and very usable and offer lots of programs and services."

But now that the old church, which has been vacate for 10 years, is finally being cleared, the red tape on the construction plans may push back the move-in date.

"Just getting all the permission, the environment, the historic society, the city, the state, the federal government. We've just gotten that a couple weeks ago. So I really don't know how long it'll take."

But council has already waited years for the new center, and Hind says they don't mind continuing to wait-as long as it isn't too long-for the exciting move.

The next step in the construction process is to draw up plans for one building they plan to renovate on the land.

They plan to hold a couple fund raisers this year to raise money for an additional building on the property.

 

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