Viewpoint: Downtown Albany Progress

The downtown Albany area continues to make progress on its master plan as it prepares for a new Waffle House and hotel. Albany's downtown manager, Aaron Blair, made the announcement earlier this month.

There's also the possibility of other retail spaces coming to the area. We have learned that Shandon Development approached the city with plan to turn the former Bank of America building into  part of a new hotel, transform the old mule barn into a convention center, and build a new Waffle house in the area.

This development will definitely bring much-needed construction and  employment opportunities to the region.  This is on top of the recent construction and employment for Gander Mountain, Party City, Petsmart,  and soon-to-open Ulta in the northwestern part of the city.

And there's more good news for the downtown area. After years of uncertainty, it looks as if there will be money in next year's legislative budget for Albany State University's Fine Arts Center. The

center is much-needed for ASU and will be a definite asset to the area.

We hope all of this good news will keep Southwest Georgia on the minds of our citizens and visitors to the region.

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