Albany Civic Center future management vote pushed back

Albany Civic Center future management vote pushed back

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A new company may be taking over Albany's Civic Center.

City commissioners were expected to vote at Tuesday's meeting if they are going to approve a contract with Spectra by Comcast Spectacor.

With some members of the commission absent, commissioners decided to wait until next meeting to vote.

They also said they want to see contracts for similar locations that Spectra manages.

If approved, Spectra will manage the James H. Gray Jr. Civic Center.

The company was one of a few who put in a bid to run the civic center.

The current civic center staff chose Spectra.

Now, commissioners have the final say.

Ward four Commissioner Roger Marietta said since the city had to cut positions at the civic center they haven't had any full-time managers to run it.

He thinks this new company would help bring it diverse acts.

"It's really kind of a no-brainer. We really can't continue on the path that we are on and expect the civic center to be successful. This is a way that will change directions and expect success," said Marietta.

The venue management services contract would last for five years, with the possibility of renewal.

Operators would also have the prospect of private management of the facilities.

Some questions that still remain are what will happen to the Municipal Auditorium. Marietta said he hopes to learn that answer next meeting.

The commission is scheduled to meet again on February 13.

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