ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany's mayor and Board of City Commissioners are moving forward with the purchase Synovus Bank Properties at 401 Pine Avenue, 411 Pine Avenue, 408 Flint Avenue, and 410 Flint Avenue for $1,075,000.
Their plan is to put the utilities administrative offices in these buildings. They figure the total project cost to be $2,815,945 including furniture, technology upgrades and build out.
The city says experts estimated it would cost $3.5 million to bring their current building, the old Hotel Gordon, up to an acceptable condition.
That would not have covered the two top floors, and they figured it would take $684,055, to make piece-meal fixes to the existing facility at 207 Pine Avenue.
"That building will be available for us for possible other redevelopment efforts. It's no secret that I am interested in downtown redevelopment, and bringing an element of residential and other possibilities to downtown this is going to give us that kind of opportunity," said City Manager Sharon Subadan.
Planners expect better traffic flow and additional lanes for drive thru customers. The building on Flint Avenue provides an opportunity to remodel for office space, and growth of the Technology Department.