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Projects in downtown Albany are underway

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November 9, 2007

Albany -- It's been 15 years since Nikki York has visited Albany. And she is surprised to see the changes.

"I didn't know all this had been established, and its been a very good trip. They have definitely done improvements since I was here the last time," said York.

Still many more projects are under construction. "Right now the bridge house, the Civil Rights Museum, Thronateeska Science Discovery building, the Ray Charles Plaza in front of the hotel and the Greenway Trail along the river," said Albany Tomorrow CEO, Kenneth Weaver.

That river front trail is the closest to completion. "There is still some minor things such as waste containers, benches, some landscaping, some minor details," said Weaver.

But the one requiring the most effort currently is the Ray Charles Plaza.

"We've asked the contractor to be finished by the 30th of November. There may be some touch-ups, but as much as possible we have asked for it to be completed," said Weaver.

The remaining three projects won't be completed until about the middle of next year. But will these projects really help with the revitalization of downtown Albany?

"I've been to other parts of the country. And I've seen downtown's, for everything to completely take place, take 15 to 30 years. But you have to have a dream and a plan. And that's the way its going," said Weaver.

A plan the people in Albany are slowly watching come together.

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