ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Some Albany State students say they want to be more involved in downtown Albany. Students in the Center of Excellence for Community Engagement surveyed 300 students who overwhelmingly want to see downtown thriving again.
Students like Senior Catiana Foster say they would like to see more living, eating, retail and recreational opportunities in Downtown Albany.
"This would be a great opportunity for us to also interact with downtown," said Catiana Foster, ASU Student.
"I would like to see more off campus housing for me," said Marvin Byrd, ASU Student.
And so would more students according to research conducted by Senior Daniel Affortu along with others last semester using focus groups and surveys.
"Students were interested in the bridge being built from our campus going into the downtown area, a pedestrian bridge," said Daniel Affortu, ASU Student.
Foster says walking along the Oglethorpe Bridge doesn't seem safe.
"Nobody wants to walk across that bridge, that bridge is scary, it shakes," said Foster.
Affortu says students want to see more retail, restaurants and a small amusement park, and Senior Warren Ford agrees.
"I would like to see something more fun and exciting in the city," said Warren Ford, ASU Student. "Something like putt, putt or Fun Park."
Affortu hopes the City and ASU can come up with some type of partnership due to the school's close proximity.
"It was a really big concern of me and all of the students and all of my peers because we'd like to see different things downtown that we actually can relate too," said Affortu.
Downtown Manager Latoya Cutts says she's proud to see students interested in downtown redevelopment and welcomes their input.
You can see results from their research by contacting Dr. Timothy Sweet-Holp at the Center of Excellence for Community Engagement at 229-430-5155.
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