A new plan could help downtown Albany

A new plan could help downtown Albany

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Leaders with the Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority got a listen for a new master plan to help downtown Albany.

A six month study put together by a group called Strategic Advisors was presented to the board Wednesday.

Tony Peterman with the group suggested tearing down the civic center and putting a sports complex in that location, adding residential rentals in existing buildings like the Exchange building and adding outside eateries.

The plan that was presented will cost the city 16 million dollars.

"If the community ever wants to achieve the master plan they set for themselves in 1996, this is a logical first major step in seeing that happen. We been here a lot and spent a lot of time here. Albany is a difficult, different puzzle," said Tony Peterman.

Peterman also suggested re-developing the existing structures instead of building new spaces. The study will be presented to the Albany City Commission for further review in the future.

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