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Cheaper, synthetic materials named for downtown library renovation

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Workers will soon begin using cheaper material for a major exterior renovation to a downtown Albany library.

The Dougherty County Library Board has approved synthetic stucco for the Central Branch Library facelift.  The board said using stone based material would have put the project about $6,000 over the $625,000 budget.

Planners said using synthetic material will bring the cost down to $592,000, and will allow money for exterior lighting to the upper part of the building.

"We're told that the exterior is gonna be just as durable," said Library Director Pauline Abidde. "It's gonna look...the look is going to be the same.  So it was just an option the library board took in order to get the project within budget."

Abidde said workers need to order windows and other materials, but expects work on the exterior to begin in the coming weeks. She said interior renovation is coming along on schedule.

The board is hoping to have the Central Branch Library open this summer.

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