Albany is in building mode

There are few major construction projects under way in Albany, but the beginning of 2010 has seen a considerable amount of smaller developments.

One of the biggest in terms of dollar amounts is the expansion and renovation of Albany High School. A permit has been issued for the $5.17 million job. The work will include 181,736 square feet.

Also, Cray's Chapel CME Church at 514 Holloway Ave. has been issued a permit for a $1,025,723 to cover construction of a new 13,000 square foot facility.

Bodine Investments LLC (Adams Exterminating) has received a permit for $75,000 worth of commercial remodeling work at 1702 WestTown Road.

Pedebe LLC is building an office for physicians at 620 Point North.

AT&T Mobility is doing a commercial remodel at its facility at 2619 Leary Road.

Marco's Pizza, 2818 Old Dawson Road, has obtained a building permit for a $37,000 buildout of its new store. This is the second pizza restaurant under construction in northwest Albany. New franchise holders for Domino's Pizza are renovating a building on Dawson Road for their new store.

Publix at Albany Square, 2715 Dawson Road, has obtained a permit for a $310,294 remodeling job at its 55,500 square foot supermarket.

Shoe Show is doing a $53,000 remodel job at 1624 E. Oglethorpe Blvd.

Phoebe Putney has a construction or remodeling project ongoing most of the time, and this month is no different. The Albany-Dougherty Hospital Authority was granted a commercial remodeling permit for $2.4 million covering 18,000 square feet at 431 2nd Ave.

Also, Joseph Thomas Alignment Facility, 1828 Oakhaven Ave., has a permit for a $75,000 commercial remodel job.

QUAIL HUNT: Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle was in Albany Thursday night to speak at those attending the 22nd annual Georgia Quail Hunt coordinated by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development commission, the Southwest Georgia Chamber Council and the Georgia Allies.

Cagle gave an upbeat presentation in which he noted that Georgia remains the capitol of the South and one of the nation's top business destinations.

Cagle noted that Georgia, despite its state budget concerns, remains one of just seven states with a AAA bond rating.

"Our fiscal conservatism is going to lead us through this recession," Cagle said.

Danny Carter can be reached at (229) 888-9346 or e-mailed at danny.carter@albanyherald.com.