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City developments force storm drain relocations

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West Albany developments have forced some storm drainage and sanitary lines to be relocated.

Albany city engineers said the lines under the new Holiday Inn Express along Pointe North Boulevard had to be moved to accommodate construction.

The developers, Pointe North Ltd., began moving the lines last summer, and just finished the relocation this month. City planners said moving the lines support economic growth in Albany.

"You get the improved property, which means you get improved...the tax digest is improved and revenue is increased by the development," said City of Albany Director of Engineering Bruce Maples. So we benefit, and plus it creates jobs, which is what we're looking for."

Maples said the developers paid for the relocation. He said the city has accepted an easement for maintenance of those lines in the future, and said the change will not strain the system.

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