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New development hits Northwest Albany

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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

June 24, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A sign hanging from one of the lots at the shopping center on the corner of Ledo Road and Nottingham Way is a sign of things to come. "We have a 14,300 square foot retail center here. We have one lease already signed. A ladies boutique from downtown Albany is moving here," said Thomas Crane Development agent, Mary Carter.

And this is one of many businesses set to move to this busy intersection. "We are negotiating with a national coffee shop-type restaurant. We also have another retailer moving here from Atlanta and we should have news on him Friday," said Carter.

Right in front of the parking lot, construction crews are laying a 4,000 square foot foundation. "AT&T is getting ready to get of the ground as soon as we settle some zoning issues," said Carter.

Several minutes away on Old Dawson, construction of another retail center is underway. "We've got a total of 20,000 square feet, and we have a total of 12 businesses," said developer, Billy Boggus.

And though unemployment is up in Georgia, and everyone is being hit hard by higher gas prices; development is still coming. "419,000 people shop in Albany from seven surrounding counties. So with all those people shopping here, we have a very central site here," said Carter.

"With the traffic and the demographics, we just felt that it would be a real asset for Albany businesses and Albany," said Boggus. And a much needed financial boost will be provided by the new jobs and extra sales taxes generated from these centers.

Construction of the shopping plazas on Old Dawson Road and Nottingham Way should be complete sometime in the next six months.