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July 30, 2007

Albany --  Developers of one of Albany's premiere apartment complexes continue to push for permission to expand near the Flint River despite concerns from federal disaster recovery officials.    

Phase Two of Marsh Landing would expand the complex into the floodway. Zoning ordinances don't allow multi-family units to be built there.

During Monday's Dougherty County Commission meeting, a FEMA representative emphasized the risks.   "You have a higher potential for flooding, debris and projectiles moving through this area," said Collis Brown.

"Being on the river most of the people realize that they are in a flood hazard situation. We are always concerned about safety and I think if we can the ordinance changed then we can go to the next level," said Marsh Landing Developer, Pace Burt. 

County commissioners hope to decide in a couple of weeks whether to change the ordinance to allow the construction.

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