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By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Despite a nationwide marketing campaign, the Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority hasn't found anyone willing to fix up an historic downtown building.

The old Mule Barn has been empty for years. It's in bad shape and could cost several million dollars to fix up.

Assistant City manager James Taylor put the word out to developers across the country but got no takers.

ADICA has looked into tearing down most of the building to make way for a parking and retail complex. Any project won't be cheap.

"We certainly would like to save the façade if we can," said Assistant City Manager, James Taylor. "Saving the building is almost impossible, but nothing is impossible if you get enough money. If you get enough public support and you can raise millions of dollars, you can save the whole thing. It will take that kind of money."

Taylor plans to meet with a developer in the next few days to calculate how much potential projects at the property might cost.

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