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November 12, 2003

Albany-- Some downtown Albany businesses are being told to leave.

That's because they are sitting on the future site of the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel and Conference Center. The property has been sold to Dougherty County and will be turned over officially by the end of the week.

Albany Tomorrow employees are personally delivering the relocation notices Wednesday afternoon--hoping to speak with the tenants and encourage them to stay downtown.

ATI President Tommy Chatmon says, "I mean the whole thing here is to get more businesses into downtown we are not looking to push any businesses out so we like to retain these businesses else where in downtown if at all possible."

The relocation notices must be served as a requirement of the 5.5 million dollar HUD loan being used to finance part of the center. Construction on the 17 million dollar hotel is set to start in January.

Posted at 4:10 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com