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Downtown microbrewery breaks ground Tuesday

Albany city leaders will invest in the proposed downtown microbrewery. (Source: WALB) Albany city leaders will invest in the proposed downtown microbrewery. (Source: WALB)
The Zea microbrewery in Metairie, Louisiana (Wiki) The Zea microbrewery in Metairie, Louisiana (Wiki)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The City of Albany announced Monday morning that there will be a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday morning for the new microbrewery project that was approved last year.

Pretoria Fields will begin at 11:00AM at the 120 Pine Avenue location, which was the Albany Art Park, and a former building owned by the Albany Herald.

"The brewery has been a long time coming. We've got local investment that has put their money into it. This is the beginning of many great things that are happening in Albany," said Commissioner B. J. Fletcher.

Last December, the Albany City Commission approved the major downtown project, and will contribute $1.25 million to help develop the microbrewery at the Art Park and an Albany Herald building on Pine Avenue.

A company led by surgeon Tripp Morgan will invest $4.4 million to the project.

"We know that government does not have the resources to be able to redevelop a downtown. We can't do it without private partners. So, this project is kind of one of the best examples of how we demonstrate that," said Downtown Manager Latoya Cutts, in a previous interview.

The building will be where the Art Park now stands on Pine Avenue. 

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