Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:26:38 GMT
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year. AAA says the average gas price in Georgia right now is about $3.46 a gallon. That'sMore >>
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:20:46 GMT
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear. Rangers expect a large number of boaters all weekend. They say they will strictlyMore >>
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear.More >>
May 16, 2007
Albany -- It looks like an entertainment area known as a Riverfront District may be possible for Albany after all. Within the next few weeks, city commissioners will review possible zoning changes that would drop the one thousand foot spacing rule on bars within the district.
The Flint River is one of Albany's best assets, that hasn't been utilized to it's full potential. "We think the city ought to be focused on this river. It's certainly one of our best assets," said Asst. City Manager James Taylor.
So Taylor says let's focus entertainment around it, and on both sides. The proposed location would be bordered by Radium Springs to the East, Whitney on the South, Jefferson on the West, and Residence to the North.
Business Owner Bo Henry is happy to hear the plan. "We need a boost for Downtown now," said Henry.
He says that boost could come from himself and other business partners opening four or five new businesses, bars mostly, at one time. Call it the grand opening of Downtown Albany's nightlife. "We just want some entertainment and people to have a reason to come downtown after 5PM," said Henry.
But with the after five crowd, come some grownup worries. One of the concerns of having an entertainment district is that it could become a red light district of sorts, and discourage kids and families from coming to the area.
Assistant City Manager James Taylor says the best way to make sure that doesn't happen is by mixing up the types of entertainment within the district. Some for all age groups. "You don't want all these things so close to each other, such that during the day time it's dead and at night then it comes to life, so you want to intersperse other things as well, retail, so the community, the blocks are alive and vital day and night."
To revitalize the life of downtown Albany, and keep it flowing into the future. Commissioners should vote on the proposed zone changes within the next few weeks.