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Civil Rights Institute on track to open

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

December 29, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Albany Civil rights institute finally gets the green light to open.

The new museum held its grand opening more than two months ago, but it hasn't been able to operate because of a construction delay, that's about to change.

The institute's board got word Monday that it can start accepting visitors, who will learn about Albany's important role in the civil rights movement.

Until now, the city refused to issue a certificate of occupancy because the parking lot required by city ordinance wasn't complete.

They say now that won't be a problem.

"We went through with the contractor advised them at that point they can move on in and open their doors the one remaining issue to be done is the paving of the parking lot but that does not affect the safety and usability of the building," Wes Smith, Albany Assistant City Manager.

Board members told WALB Monday evening they plan to call an emergency meeting soon to decide on a opening date.

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