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City leaders planning new downtown developments

The city is hoping to kick off two downtown projects at the beginning of the year. The city is hoping to kick off two downtown projects at the beginning of the year.
City leaders hope work on both projects will kick off around the first of the year. City leaders hope work on both projects will kick off around the first of the year.
The news of a microbrewery and Albany Heights transforming into an apartment building excites the owners of downtown businesses. The news of a microbrewery and Albany Heights transforming into an apartment building excites the owners of downtown businesses.
Owner of SF Properties, Sam Farkas Owner of SF Properties, Sam Farkas
Downtown City Manager Latoya Cutts Downtown City Manager Latoya Cutts
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Albany's downtown manager said that there will be two projects that could help transform downtown.

One will turn an empty building into apartments, and another will create the area's first microbrewery.

It's isn't a done deal yet, but the city plans to contribute money to help build a microbrewery in the old Albany Herald building and next door at the art park. 

The news of a microbrewery and Albany Heights transforming into an apartment building excites the owners of downtown businesses.

"It looks like Albany is going to become what it used to be, a place to come have fun, shop a little bit eat a little bit," said Sam Farkas, owner of SF Properties.

Farkas' family has owned property downtown since the turn of the 20th Century. 

"My great Grandfather came here in the middle 18 hundreds and built a mule business," explained Farkas.

And he welcomes the new business, just like the city.

The downtown city manager said that the Pretoria Farms LLC, led by Albany surgeon Tripp Morgan will most likely build here where the city spent money several years ago to develop the Art Park. 

City leaders hope work on both projects will kick off around the first of the year. 

"When your looking at overall economic impact and your looking at the use of that property and your looking at the impact in downtown, that $5.5 million or that $5.7 million is a huge impact in investment to downtown," said Downtown City Manager Latoya Cutts.

According to Cutts the new owners of Albany heights hope to attract a younger crowd. As for Farkas he says that's what the city needs. Overall he just thinks both projects will make Albany a more vibrant city.

"Those two projects should make downtown be more visible to us all in our community," said Farkas.

City leaders hope work on both projects will kick off around the first of the year.

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