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Structure demolished in downtown Albany

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – A century old building was torn down in Downtown Albany Wednesday morning. The old apartment building on North Monroe Street was abandoned more than a decade ago and sat vacant and crumbling since.

The city says the owner ran out of money to repair it, so it had to come down.

But an empty piece of property, even if it means an old worn down building is gone, isn't what everyone wants to see. One neighbor we spoke with says she had tears in her eyes as she watched a piece of history come tumbling down.

In just minutes, a two story brick building, which had stood since 1900, came crashing down. The sight brought tears to neighbor Rosie Turner's eyes.  She said, "I heard the first brick go down and so I got out of the bed and I walked up and I've been watching it sadly."

Sad, because a few years ago, she bought a home just a block away. She's been working to renovate it. "I am working day and night trying to revitalize my house."

And the houses in downtown are the reason she moved here. She loves the historic, architectural features of the buildings. She said, "I have some emotions about this building, because I think the building is such a beautiful architectural building."

A building that stands no more. "I think that is really sad," said Turner. While she understands that abandoned homes, which could be inviting for vagrants and other trouble, don't need to remain open, she wishes something could be done, to allow them to revitalized as well.

Tuesday, Commissioner Chris Pike said he hopes there can be a way to save some of the older buildings in Albany, that have some historical value, rather than just tearing them down, but today, wasn't the day to save this structure.

Eradication of blighted property is one of the six top priorities of the Albany city commission. They hope to tear down or burn down dozens of structures in the city this year alone.

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