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Lead cleanup cost affects Riverfront development

July 12, 2006

Albany -- Riverfront Park additions will either be scaled back or delayed to pay for the clean up of contaminated city of Albany property.  

Albany Tomorrow President Tommy Chatmon says they haven't decided which park improvements will be affected now that the City is reallocating $750,000 in sales tax money approved for park improvements. The city plans to use the money to clean up lead contamination found on city property on Broad Avenue.

Chatmon says most likely, plans for the Ray Charles Park, across from the hotel, will be scaled back some and plans to extend the Greenway Trail south to Albany State will be put on hold.  "Not really cut out anything totally, just delay them until later to give more SPLOST funds more time to come in so we can then use those funds at a later date to do those projects," said Chatmon. 

ATI recently hired an architectural firm to design the Ray Charles Memorial Park, which should cost about $2 million.

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