Editorial: Downtown Albany development

Editorial: Downtown Albany development

Albany city commissioners recently decided to set aside up to 5-million dollars in rebates from the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia to spur downtown development.  It's already paying dividends.

The city is buying this building full of empty storefronts in what should be a bustling area on the riverfront.

Previous efforts to attract businesses here failed.  Now, the city can oversee renovations and offer favorable lease agreements.

It better work.  This new downtown development fund may be the last, best chance to jump start downtown redevelopment.

We hope city leaders will spend the money wisely and attract quality restaurants, retail businesses, and residents to transform downtown into the area we've long waited for it to become.

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