DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - There's a newly proposed solution to bring more business to Albany and Dougherty County.
The Development Authority tells city and county commissioners they should develop, or sell, some of the empty land they own.
The authority and County Attorney Spencer Lee drafted a letter expressing their interest in making use of two different areas. They’ll send it to Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and Dougherty County Commission Chairman Chris Cohilas.
The letter said there are 18 acres of land not being used in the Satterfield Park area, where the old National Guard Armory used to be. It then tells the mayor and chairman about the potential the North Monroe area has.
There are around 16 businesses there now.
The authority said if the land bank or another county entity clean up the blighted properties in the area, they could easily attract even more businesses.
“There are blighted areas. It’s deteriorating in some areas. Well anytime you go into an area where you’ve got deterioration, it’s going to affect the investments other people have made in the area,” said Lee.
The goal of the letter is to inform county and city leaders of two economic development opportunities they have, like finding profitable uses for land they already own, so it doesn’t sit empty and unused.
Lee will also give a presentation in front of county commissioners, addressing these very issues at the meeting on Monday. He said the authority should expect them to have a lot of interest in developing or finding someone else to develop these properties.
There are several new developments and upcoming projects centered around the Flint River Trail System.
The multi-county trail will connect Dougherty, Lee and Terrell counties.
The county has now started the construction drawings on the part of the trail that will connect Albany State University to downtown Albany.
The state Board of Regents committed $750,000 to the project.
Dougherty County commissioners will spend $1 million of SPLOST funding as well.
The bids for this piece of the trail will go out this fall.
“Walmart has even put a walkway from their Slappey Drive location down to the trail because they know the activity that’s going to be on there. People in that area, using the trails, riding their bikes, walking to school, their carriages down to Walmart,” said Lee.
The City of Albany will also put bids out within the next 30 days for one part of the project. They’ll construct two-thirds of the Albany-Sasser Trail from Hodges Avenue to Lee County.