Artist rendering of the future "Oaks" development (SOURCE: AHA)
Dan McCarthy, AHA Executive Director
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
The Albany Housing Authority is close to finalizing a plan that could attract millions of dollars from the federal government to transform central Albany and create a development called "the Oaks at North Intown."
Thursday, Authority leaders went over the plan with partners and community members before they submit it to the Department of Housing and Urban Development by the end of the month.
It would replace McIntosh Homes with new public housing. The goal is to transform a neighborhood plagued with poverty into a thriving community that would attract mixed income residents.
"And now, after we've been doing two years of seeing the commitment that had been expressed by people who aren't part of the housing authority into this activity is very exciting," said Dan McCarthy, AHA Executive Director. "Folks have come on and seen the vision that this kind of thing is what's gonna be necessary to make a difference in our community."
McCarthy said any public housing units torn down will be rebuilt and families who live there now will have first dibs on new units. HUD selected Albany as a finalist for the Neighborhood Choice grant program.
It could be next year before HUD decides whether to award the grants to the A-H-A for the five-to-seven year project.