Consultants, leaders at odds over Civic Center's fate

Consultants, leaders at odds over Civic Center's fate

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Civic Center officials want to continue to try to attract events to the venue, even though a consultant recommended tearing it down.

A consultant hired by the firm overseeing downtown redevelopment said big building should be torn down and replaced with a sports complex.

But city leaders haven't bought into that idea.

Last year, through September, more than 79,000 people attended events at the Civic Center.

Events included ones like Disney Junior Live: Pirates and princesses. The Isley Brothers concerts are currently scheduled to perform there.

There has even been talk of trying to attract another indoor football team to Albany, which was successful when the Panthers were here.

But city leaders say talk of destroying the building makes attracting events more difficult.

"Promoters are not going to want to come to a facility in April, if all this news flying around that it's going to be torn down," noted Marketing Manager Lorie Farkas. "So, it's a chicken and egg thing. We can't complain about something and talk bad about it. And then, wonder why big promoters don't want to come to our community."

The civic center also hosts annual events like the Jehovah's Witnesses Convention and Homecoming for Albany State.

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