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City looks for developers to submit plans for Albany Heights

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Albany leaders want to breathe new life into a historic old building. It could be a key part of downtown redevelopment. They're looking for developers to submit plans for the Albany Heights building.

At the end of this week, City officials will advertise the six story apartment style building, known as Albany Heights, to developers.

"The city of Albany is going to be putting out request for proposals,” said Latoya Cutts, Downtown Manager.

The city hopes developers can use the site for mixed-use development.

"Which could have a residential component, a commercial component, retail,” said Cutts.

People living in downtown Albany is something Cool Scoops Owner, Eric Culbreth, says will be beneficial to downtown businesses.

"I think it'll be a great addition to downtown, it'll create a traffic flow,” said Eric Culbreth, Cool Scoops Owner.

"I think if people are actually living downtown then it provides a whole other opportunity for some of those retail shops to be open after five and to create an afternoon or a nightlife in the downtown area after 5 o'clock,” said Cutts.

Cutts believes the development could attract college and medical students to the area. She said the city took it's time in trying to figure out the best uses for the property.

 "We feel very comfortable that we have a good idea for what will be good for downtown and we're hoping that developers will look at our plans,” said Cutts.

Developers will have 30 days to submit their proposals to the city.

"Then after those proposals are submitted then we will review them look at the best and most qualified proposal,” said Cutts. “Look at it and it will be based on the money that they're offering but also what their proposing to use the property for."

Cutts says the window to submit proposals will close around the first week in November. Developers are encouraged to submit their proposals to the procurement office.

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