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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  An Albany sorority chapter wants to tear down a building they own to build a new headquarters, but preservationists don't want that to happen. The Victorian home at 606 North Jackson Street was built in 1888.

The Delta Eta Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha bought the building in the 1980's. It's deteriorated since then and now needs hundreds of thousands of dollars in renovations.

The sorority can't afford that, so they asked the Historic preservation commission to allow them to tear it down. The commission asked them to wait a month to see if they can find a buyer. The sorority agreed.

"We are hoping, yes, because it is a beautiful place and we really enjoyed meeting there. It was just a lovely place," said Alpha Kappa Alpha President Lucy Down.

"Well, we have very few historic properties still left in the downtown area and we need to preserve what served as an integral part of early and middle history of the city of Albany and it's just part of our heritage and once it's gone, it cannot be replaced again,"  said Greg Fullerton of the Historic Preservation Commission.

The sorority has had the home on the market since 2007. They'd love to see someone buy the house and renovate it, or move it.


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