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ADICA building in violation of city code

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

August 29, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Thursday, downtown manager Don Buie said he was busy cracking down on commercial property owners whose properties aren't up to code.

Friday, we found one of the properties the Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority which Buie heads, is also in violation. So what's he doing to correct the problem?

Tall weeds, broken glass, and easy access to this run down building. So where is it? Front and center in downtown Albany, the old Mule barn, owned by ADICA.

"I'm not one sided on this thing. Just like I've been very aggressive with property owners, ADICA is a property owner as ell, so we're in that mix," said Albany Downtown Manager Don Buie.

That means they are responsible for properly registering this vacant building, and boarding it up tight, so that it isn't a danger and isn't an eyesore.

"I will be putting forth recommendations to the board that we voluntarily comply with all of the new ordinances as well as the boarding ordinance," said Buie.  Buie doesn't expect property owners to take him serious if the organization he heads isn't serious about cleaning up its own mess.

"I don't expect anybody to do anything that we're not doing," said Buie

"We're going to comply and you will see an improvement in that property as well," he continued.

"When?" we questioned.

"Well, certainly, that's going to take some time. We'll have to talk to the building officials and see what their recommendation is on how we board that place up properly, but we will be right within the timeline like everybody else," said Buie.

Buie says he'll bring recommendations before the ADICA board on Wednesday to board up the property and to begin forming a redevelopment plan.

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