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Ground broken for Airport Plaza

August 22, 2007

Albany --  Northwest Albany has seen a business boom over the past few years, but other parts of the county aren't being ignored.

A brand new retail shopping plaza is in the works for the Southwest part of town, making it more convenient for folks who live and work in that area to have access to everyday needs.    

As the ceremonial dirt was being thrown, the earth was already being moved, clearing the way for what will be the first of its kind for Southwest Dougherty County.

"Essentially what we were trying to do is to bring services that were missing from the community," said Dougherty County Commissioner John Hayes.

An 8,000 square foot shopping center, called Airport Plaza will be constructed by the first of the year. Eight different establishments will fill the plaza, with customers will follow.

"You can expect to see out here sandwich shops, retail stores, insurance operations, mortgage stores," said North American Equities developer Loronzo Williams.

Even a bank branch. Williams said he's surprised to be the first person with a major operation underway, since the area is practically begging for development. "The closest dry cleaner is five miles away," he said. In this day and time, when people prefer to do business close to their home."

Commissioner John Hayes has been working for several years to bring a major development like this to Southwest Albany. "The bottom line is, we want to make sure that we bring services to the community. More than that, this project is a great looking building. It will enhance this corridor and it creates jobs, so I mean it's just a win all the way around."

And he expects more businesses to follow the lead of Airport Plaza.

About half of the units have already been committed by tenants, but there are spaces available. If you're interested in finding out how to open up your business in Airport Plaza, call Loronzo Williams at 404-429-5528.

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