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Wrecking ball looms for Heritage House

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Albany City Commission has voted to initiate litigation against the owners of a dilapidated motel building on Oglethorpe Boulevard.

The former Heritage House, once a popular motel, convention site and nightspot in Albany, has been vacant for years. While there have been several attempts to revitalize the facility in recent years, all have failed.

This morning, the City Commission in a 5-0 vote (Mayor Willie Adams and Commissioner Dorothy Hubbard were absent) decided to take court action against the facility owner, Greenbiar Holdings.

The city will argue that the hotel is a public safety hazard and a blight on the community. The court will be asked to order the owner to demolish the structure.