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Public gives input on Riverfront District

August 7, 2007

Albany--  There were differing opinions at a hearing about Albany's proposed Downtown Riverfront District.

City leaders spent the past year and a half developing the plan. The goal is to enhance downtown with a mix of retail, residential and entertainment. A lot of business owners are for it but some people aren't thrilled about the concept.

"In it's current form, it doesn't achieve much. It mainly, even though there's a lot of other things included, it mainly gives the commission an opportunity to do away with the 1,000 foot separation rule," said Albany resident Gil Ward.

"Moving forward with any kind of a district or zoning that will help business of any kind coming to downtown is a forward step in my opinion," said downtown business owner Bo Henry.

Supporters think the riverfront district could lead to economic growth downtown. All concerns were recorded and will be presented to city commissioners before they vote on the zoning changes. Another public hearing is scheduled for September 25th.

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