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Seven members appointed to Land Bank authority

Albany city commissioners appointed board members to its newly-established Albany-Dougherty Land Bank. (Source: WALB) Albany city commissioners appointed board members to its newly-established Albany-Dougherty Land Bank. (Source: WALB)
The board will work together to acquire blighted properties throughout town. (Source: WALB) The board will work together to acquire blighted properties throughout town. (Source: WALB)
A land bank set up to acquire blighted property and put them back on the tax roll. (Source: WALB) A land bank set up to acquire blighted property and put them back on the tax roll. (Source: WALB)
(Source: WALB) (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Tuesday night, Albany city commissioners appointed board members to its newly-established Albany-Dougherty Land Bank.

Seven people were approved to be on the authority. 

Many of members are realtors, attorneys, and former tax accessors.

City leaders called it a good mix that reflects the community.

The city appointed four members while the county appointed three members.

The board will work together to acquire blighted properties throughout Albany. 

Once acquired by the Land Bank, the properties will be torn down and sold to new owners at a more affordable price.

"A land bank set up to acquire blighted property and put them back on the tax roll, and that's really what we're going to be doing in neighborhoods where we can make a difference just like with Fight Albany Blight," said Albany-Doughtery Planning Director, Paul Forgey. "We're trying to make a difference in neighborhoods where people can see that."

Before the Land Bank Authority can buy blighted properties, the members have to adopt policies and procedures within 90 days.

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