City commission gives OK for new Albany Tech, Phoebe learning community

Phoebe and Albany Technical College are proposing a transformative project that will transform...
Phoebe and Albany Technical College are proposing a transformative project that will transform the former Albany Middle School building on North Jefferson Street and expand the pipeline of new nurse graduates in the region.(nkim | Source: Phoebe)
Published: Aug. 16, 2022 at 10:43 AM EDT
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ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - A proposed learning community that was denied by the Albany Dougherty County Historic Preservation Committee was given the green light to now be built.

The Albany City Commission on Monday overturned the preservation committee’s decision to deny the learning community for Albany Technical College and Phoebe. The vote to overturn the preservation committee’s denial was unanimous.

Construction will begin soon.

The proposal is to turn the old Albany Middle School into a new learning and living center. The preservation committee previously found that the former school could be better preserved and refurbished.

“We are pleased to be able to move forward with our partnership with Albany Technical College to build a living and learning community on our main campus. This transformative project will dramatically increase the number of new nurses in our area and is critically important to our healthcare workforce development efforts,” said Scott Steiner, Phoebe Putney Health System CEO and president. “In response to the worsening nationwide nurse staffing crisis, we must quickly increase the pipeline of available nurses in our region to ensure residents in and around Albany continue to have access to safe, quality, comprehensive healthcare. We will seek proper construction permits immediately and will begin work on the project as soon as possible.”

“We are grateful that Albany City Commissioners recognize this project is entirely in keeping with the character of the surrounding area and the historic use of the premises for education and that they support the positive impact the living and learning center will have on the delivery of healthcare and the economy in our community for generations to come. We thank commissioners for their vote today and are excited about the benefits the people of southwest Georgia will reap because of their decision.”

This is a developing story and we will update as we learn more.

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