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Will a vital downtown require "a village?"

May 23, 2007

Albany --  To bridge the divide between residential and commercial development in downtown Albany and create a gateway, downtown stakeholders want to create an artists village in the 300 block of Residence and Roosevelt Avenues.

Many of the properties in that area are owned by Peter Studl and Jon Smith.  Smith said nine of his properties would mainly need minor exterior improvements, while Studl's three properties would need major renovations. 

The proposal  includes a mixture of residential and commercial, but with an artist type theme. 

"We would be looking to bring in other artists, painters, people who make things, arts and crafts.  We could bring in musical type of art, or lessons, or a music store, there's all types of ways to express yourself through different types of art," said Jon Smith of One Stop Reality.

The project would hope to attract college students or business professional who may work at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.  The downtown stakeholders plan to bring up the idea at a larger meeting to be held June 4th to discuss the downtown master plan.

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