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Whether a mule barn or museum, it must comply

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By Len Kiese - bio | email

September 3, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A publicly-owned building is one of many in downtown Albany that's not up to code.

The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority owns the mule barn on Broad Avenue but the Albany Museum of Art is leasing it as museum leaders decide whether to move the AMA there.

Albany code enforcement considers the building a blighted property under a new vacant property ordinance. A letter will be sent to the museum ordering them to secure the property.

"It is unsecure, open to the public for casual entry. It has some broken glass and some windows that remain and it needs to be secured," said Albany Code Enforcement Director Mike Tilson.

The museum may be able to use $450,000 in sales tax money set aside for the mule barn by the county to make the necessary changes.

There's a strong chance the museum will be let out of the lease as they consider another location in downtown Albany.