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Government Complex opens for business

October 7, 2002

Albany - A new South Georgia government complex is completed on schedule and under budget. The Dougherty County Central Square Government Complex opened for business on Monday.

The Complex is part of a 15.3 million dollar project that also includes two new parking decks in downtown Albany. Employees moved into the building more than a week ago. But, the ribbon cutting ceremony for the building was held on Monday.

"Employees say the like the new building. The 53,000 square foot complex and the parking decks were paid for with money from the local option sales tax approved in 1999," said Albany Tomorrow President Tommy Chatmon.

The county broke ground on the government complex on October 3rd of last year. "We finished the project in only 12 months, and we came in under budget," said Chatmon.

Two architectural firms designed the building, one representing minority businesses."We incorporated traditional and modern design," said architect Vernell Barnes. "The flooring resembles that of the courthouse, but the marble walls and other features bring in a more modern feel."

An Albany touch was added to the building, with the "City by the River" emblem worked into the design. A third floor meeting room brings the outdoors inside.

"The meeting room is nearly surrounded by windows. And, there is a balcony that has a great view of downtown," said Architect Doug Duncan.

You can find the tax and tag, planning and zoning, engineering, environmental and health services, and treasury departments at the Government Complex. The new parking deck, which also opened on Monday, includes 10,000 square feet of retail space.

Posted at 5:08 by kathryn.murchison@walb.com