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Albany woman speaks out about saving historic homes

A homeowner in Albany would much rather see historic houses fixed up than torn down. (Source: WALB) A homeowner in Albany would much rather see historic houses fixed up than torn down. (Source: WALB)
Homeowners are financially responsible to fix up their dilapidated properties. (Source: WALB) Homeowners are financially responsible to fix up their dilapidated properties. (Source: WALB)
"History is very important," Rosie Turner said.  (Source: WALB) "History is very important," Rosie Turner said.  (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

After the house next door was torn down, a homeowner on North Monroe Street in Albany spoke out, saying she would much rather see the historic houses fixed up.

Rosie Turner has lived in the neighborhood for 8 years.

She said Friday that she is ready for the homes that have been here much longer than her to stay.

"History is very important," Turner said. 

The brick home next to hers was demolished over the past few weeks.

"It is very upsetting to me because it is a building that had a lot of good bones," she explained.

The area is part of Albany's historic district.

According to the City of Albany, prior to demolition, Code Enforcement gave the required notices to the owner of the home that once stood next to Turner's.

We're told that process took three or four years.

"It's good that we clean up stuff, but at the same time, I think the city should be helping them," Turner said.

The City of Albany said the Planning Department and Historic Preservation Commission does have resources to share with residents.

Those resources could help them financially to fix up dilapidated homes.

Turner said keeping the homes, and having them up to par, would change the neighborhood.

"Everything that's talked about is about business," said Turner. "If you don't have people to support your business, you don't need business in this neighborhood."

Turner said she hopes to see homeowners in her neighborhood show they care about her city's history.

"I just think that that does not fit well with a 'Good Life City.'"

Homeowners are financially responsible to fix up their dilapidated properties.

If you want more information on some options to cut the cost, call the City of Albany at (229) 438-3901.

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