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Good news for downtown development

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Albany city leaders hope a new owner for many vacant downtown Albany buildings will lead to new development downtown.

Bob Brooks bought many properties formerly owned by Peter Studl.

City leaders often complained that Studl stood in the way of downtown development. They've already seen a change.

Code enforcement says Brooks has applied to demolish at least one of the rundown buildings he now owns.

"We think that's a very positive thing, of course he's local and seems to be proficient as a developer and has a number of properties in town. He has a solid reputation so as he begins to acquire properties we'll continue to talk to him, there are no specific deals on the table but we'll be happy to try and support him," said Wes Smith, Albany Asst. City Manager.

We don't know of any specific plans Brooks has for his vacant properties downtown.

He told us he's not ready to discuss them.

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