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What's next for the Riverfront District?

September 26, 2007

Albany -- Voters will get a chance to have a say-so in the future of downtown development.

Last night, city commissioners approved a plan to set up at Riverfront District downtown. But leaders say that's just the first step in encouraging more private development downtown.

In November, a plan to set up a tax allocation district to help downtown will be on the ballot.

What's next is the Redevelopment Powers Authority. It's on the ballot in November as a referendum. The citizens of Albany have to look at that and pass it. If they do, then that will put another tool in our tool box. Then the next thing we'll have to do is bring developers together with all of the incentives to the table to start encouraging them to come downtown and start building some projects," said Assistant City Manager James Taylor.

The Riverfront District will cover the east and west sides of the Flint River.

The goal is to bring more business, residential, and entertainment development downtown.

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