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Mule Barn could be demolished

Albany- In a battle of preservation versus progress in downtown Albany, it looks as if progress will win.

The Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority owns the old mule barn on Broad Avenue.

Tuesday night they agreed to recommend to the historic preservation committee that it be demolished. They say it would cost too much to renovate or rebuild as part of downtown redevelopment.

"I think all of us realize we have too few historic buildings in downtown Albany and in Albany generally speaking," said Thomas C. Chatmon, president of Albany Tomorrow Incorporated. "And that's why this was such a difficult decision."

A local developer has inquired about saving the facade of the building and reassembling it at another location. Chatmon says that could work if the developer paid the cost.

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