ALBANY, GA (WALB) - There are new updates on what's being done in the old Albany Heights complex on Pine Avenue.
The building has been vacant since 2014.
In February the city closed a deal with a private Albany developer.
The apartments will take the name the Flats at 249.
The developer, Pace Burt said they are in the demolition phase.
He said by December 2017, people will be living in the Flats at 249.
"It's really about giving back to the community and making this thing work for everybody," said Burt.
The Albany native and longtime developer said revamping the old Albany Heights Apartment Complex into the Flats at 249 is more than just another project on his to-do list.
"This is an exciting project for downtown and there is a lot of pressure on me and my construction team to make sure everything is perfect," said Burt.
With plans to make room for eight businesses and 64 apartment units, Burt said the building has a chance to revitalize the downtown.
"This building is hope," he explained. "I think a lot of people realize if Albany's downtown is going to succeed, it's going to take the local business owners to be involved to take the first step."
On Friday, WALB got a look inside at some of the work.
"Of course the residential component is going to be one of the main things that's going to push this area," said Burt.
Right now there are five different floor plans for the six floors of loft-style apartments.
Downstairs, businesses will move in... like a new yoga and exercise studio, clothing boutiques and places to eat.
"There is going to be Crossfit, yoga and a spin area," said Burt.
Burt said he's sure that by the end of the year, with it's new look, The Flats at 249, will be a place people will want to move into.
"I'm without a doubt the building will be a success. We hope the other owners of buildings in downtown Albany, will also continue to see the possibilities," smiled Burt.
Once the floor plans are set in stone and the developer is asking for applications, it will be posted on the Flats at 249 Facebook page.