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August 20, 2007

Albany -- The Albany Museum of Art will move into a historic landmark sooner than originally planned. The old Holman Mule Barn on Broad Avenue will soon be the home of the museum.

The three million dollar relocation wasn't scheduled to begin until 2009, but now the project will be complete by then, after a vote Monday by the Dougherty County Commission.

Chamber of Commerce President Tim Martin says having the art museum downtown will help stimulate other activity. "Their decision to locate in the downtown area is going to have a synergistic effect on all of our plans for downtown. Their location here will help the Riverquarium and the Thronateeska Science Discovery Center and Planetarium and the new efforts at the Civil Rights Museum."

After an architect is hired, plans will be submitted to the historical preservation board so the relocation can move ahead.

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