Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:59:20 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:58:09 GMT
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer CoalitionMore >>
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer Coalition of Southwest Georgia.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:44:12 GMT
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months. About 2,000 workers at the Albany base will have to take up to 11 unpaid days off in the next fiscal year that startsMore >>
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:43 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:43:28 GMT
The Rat Pack came back to Albany Friday night. Sinatra and Friends performed at Doublegate Country Club to raise money for the Albany Symphony Association. The guys who play the roles of Frank Sinatra,More >>
People danced the night away to Frank Sinatra tunes.More >>
July 11, 2006
Albany -- Some historic homes and buildings are falling into disrepair in the city. And those fighting to save history are having to decide at what point do these aging structures need to be demolished.
So why is the Historic Preservation Society is so opposed to demolishing what you might consider nothing more than an eyesore?
Albany's historic district stretches across all of downtown. It's full of old homes and businesses, some of which have sat empty for years and become unsightly and sometimes unsafe. But owners and the City just can't go in a demolish the buildings because of historic preservation rules. That's creating some real ugly spots on a changing downtown horizon.
Tomorrow, the owner of an old, vacant home on 1st Avenue will ask Albany's Historic Preservation Commission to allow him to demolish the house. But getting the commission to agree to knocking down a house in the historic district isn't easy. "There are occasions where that creates roadblocks for us," said Code Enforcer Sgt. Robert Carter.
Carter says the historic commission often stands in the way of tearing down structures many of us would consider dangerous eyesores, like these old houses on West Whitney. "They have a certain character to them that is germane to that particular area," said Dr. Arthur Berry of the Historic Preservation Society.
Dr. Arthur Berry says the old homes are structurally sound, even though they look pretty bad. He says the commission is just trying to save history. not stop progress. "What we are trying to do is to try to maintain the integrity and character or City."
Berry says the commission considers the cost of renovating the structure, and they work with homeowners to get federal grants if they can't afford to make renovations. "Many times people want to maintain it but can't afford to maintain it so you try to consider those type things."
But giving the okay to demolish an old home or business is the commission's final resort. And even then, they show the owners how the property will be used then. "We have to look at a City, a city block and city street and see, if you allow them to tear it down, what will you put in its place. Will it enhance the community or not?"
Berry says the commission faces a lot of resistance from homeowners who feel they should not be told what they can and cannot do with their property. But he says its his job and his passion to preserve Albany's rich history, and he'll fight a little to make sure that happens.
The Historic Preservation Commission doesn't have a say-so as to what an owner does inside a historic building or home, but they can order any renovations of repairs be done a certain way with certain materials to preserve the structure's original design.