Tonight: 'Fight Albany Blight' workshop

Tonight: 'Fight Albany Blight' workshop

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany city leaders are inviting the community to a Fight Albany Blight workshop and meeting on tonight.

The meeting is an opportunity for residents to learn more about how they can get involved, and voice concerns about abandoned properties in their neighborhood.

Albany city commissioners started the Fight Albany Blight, known as FAB!, initiative in July of last year. The goal is to address blighted properties across the city by focusing on different target areas.

There's a new target area every six months. The current target area, target area two, focuses on the area between the northern boundary of Clark Avenue,
southern boundary of Broad Avenue, west boundary of Broadway Street and the east boundary of Merritt Street.

Planning Code Programs Specialist Angel Gray said she encourages residents to attend the meeting to learn about what's going on in their neighborhood.

"I'll use a quote from one of our citizens who was in our first town hall meeting. She said that it seemed like people had forgotten what it was like to be neighbors and to have a sense of community pride, and she wanted to get her community pride back," Gray said.

Gray said the FAB! initiative has made a lot of progress since it started. They've been able to let residents know of after school programs and beautify different homes, through house painting projects and minor repairs.

Several blighted properties have also been demolished under the FAB! initiative.

Tuesday's meeting will begin at 6:00 at Mt. Olive Community Outreach Center Inc., at 302 Adkins Street.

There will be workshops and community meetings every month, through the rest of the year.

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