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Wal Mart East Albany development on the back burner

August 23, 2007

Albany --- Prosecutors filed a nuisance lawsuit complaint with the owners of an East Albany mobile home park Thursday morning and filed an emergency order to have that sight cleaned up as soon as possible.

The owners of the Georgian Mobile Home Estates could have bulldozers cleaning up these abandoned shells of mobile homes as soon as tomorrow.

The owners evicted residents last month. City officials don't want the property owners to have legal problems with the home owners when they bulldoze the sight, so they filed this nuisance lawsuit to help them clean up what they consider a crime and health hazard. Dougherty D.A.  Ken Hodges said "they are uninhabitable. They are health risks, and we are concerned about that. We are also concerned that further criminal activity can occur in these places."

Hodges said the Georgian Mobile Home Estates owners have assured them they will start clean up as soon as possible. Originally city officials said that mobile home lot was being cleared to make room for a new Wal-Mart, but now it looks like they will not be coming to East Albany anytime soon.

Chamber of Commerce President Tim Martin says Wal Mart's executive committee has backed off some of their scheduled projects for this year, and it looks like East Albany's store is one of the projects they have postponed. Albany Chamber of Commerce President Tim Martin said "early this year they were talking about building 270 stores. They made a decision early this year they were going to cut that, dump it back to 200. I think some of that delay here in Albany was as a result of cutting back from 270 to 200."

Martin says the city is still hopeful that Wal-Mart will return to the East Albany project in the future, but it could be 2010 before anything concrete appears.

But he says the mobile home lot property on Cordele Road is a prime commercial area, and could be bought by other developers.

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