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Only the front doors of the restaurant and the alcove remain in this shot taken about 10:00 Tuesday morning Only the front doors of the restaurant and the alcove remain in this shot taken about 10:00 Tuesday morning
Albany State dorms are visible in the background in this shot from the rear of the old China Palace Albany State dorms are visible in the background in this shot from the rear of the old China Palace
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

An abandoned restaurant in East Albany is being demolished in an effort to clean up the city.  

The China Palace was once a landmark Chinese restaurant in Albany, and dated to the seventies.

Tuesday, Oxford Construction workers tore down the China Palace Restaurant on East Oglethorpe after it had been sitting empty for years.

Commissioner Jon Howard announced the progress during Tuesday's City commission meeting.  He said the demolition is part of an ongoing effort to make the city more attractive to investors. 

"If someone comes into a city, sometimes the first impression is your last impression.  So if they see that a lot of these eye sores are completely gone, it could spur economic development," said Commissioner Howard.. 

He said people who live in the area complained about the vacant building.  He hopes to see some abandoned trailers in an East Albany trailer park off Clark Avenue to be torn down later this year.  

 

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