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Developers input needed at charrette

ALBANY -- The interim head of the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority says that he needs input and support from developers interested in helping grow downtown at an upcoming charrette.

The event, set for March 2-3, is a collaboration between the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and ADICA, which is trying to determine what developments are feasible and are willing to be backed by those who will ultimately take on the projects.

"We need more than just input," Interim ADICA Executive Director James Taylor said. "Input is always welcome and we'd like to hear ideas, of course, but we also need projects that developers are willing to get behind and willing to support."

The ADICA board will meet with officials from DCA on March 2 to discuss the charrette. March 3 is the actual day of the charrette where Taylor hopes community members, business leaders, local captains of industry and developers will show up to discuss a vision for moving downtown forward.

That meeting will start at 9 a.m. at the Law Enforcement Center's community room on the 200 block of West Oglethorpe Boulevard.