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Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event. This may seem like a regularMore >>
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:30:07 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:50 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:50:57 GMT
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life. Now the family of Barbara Bass is speakingMore >>
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life.More >>
March 26, 2008
Albany -- Albany City officials are working on a plan to set minimum standards for rental property.
The new downtown manager says substandard housing in Albany is hurting economic development. He wants laws in place to make sure landlords don't become slumlords.
The renter of a duplex we visited near downtown Albany, Trellis Brown, says it is in bad shape, and wishes there could be improvements for the home she and her two children live in.
She says the roof leaks, the plumbing does not work correctly, there is no air conditioner, and she uses space heaters to stay warm. The floors sag when you walk across them.
Downtown Manager Don Buie has visited her home, and says something has to be done. "Mothers and elderly persons are living in conditions that are absolutely deplorable."
Buie says in the less than five months he has been in Albany he has been shocked by some homes people in Albany live in. Now he has written proposed legislation for a minimum property standard ordinance, and the City Attorney is now reviewing it. If approved it would set minimum standards for rental units.
"Heating, air, water. These are basic things that all dwellings should have. But what we are finding is that a lot of dwellings here lack those basic necessities inside of rental units," Buie said.
Buie says city leaders want to protect the people who live here, and have decent homes for them to live in. But he also says that substandard housing will scare away businesses thinking about locating in Albany.
"You can not expect a developer to come into a city and invest millions of dollars in a city that is blighted."
Buie said there are not currently any regulations on rental property, and there is nothing illegal about the rental unit Brown lives in. That is why he is working to set minimum standards, and he hopes to get churches and civic groups involved in improving Albany housing.
Buie hopes to take his proposal to the city commission in April. We contacted the landlords of the duplex trying to arrange an interview, but were unable to.