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October 30, 2002

Albany - City dignitaries break ground on the $25,000,000 Flint River Center. Construction on the center will begin on Thursday, after nearly a decade of planning.

With hard hats on and shovels in hands, Albany leaders broke ground on the Flint River Center on Wednesday. "The renaissance of Albany has began and will continue," said ATI President Tommy Chatmon.

The Albany Tomorrow and Department of Natural Resources project will cost $25.4 million, a price tag that lead to roadblocks along the way. Construction was put on hold as Albany waited for the $10,000,000 in state finding needed to complete the project.

An aquarium, a natural spring, and a three-dimensional theater will sit inside the building, that architects characterize as anything but traditional. "There are no straight walls in the entire building," said architect Mike Bell. "We have incorporated the river theme into the structure."

Two architectural firms designed the 35,000 square foot center. The Holder Construction Company, of Atlanta, has the responsibility of turning the blueprints into reality.

The Flint River Center should be competed in 14 months and open to the public by June 2004.

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