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Best Buy interested in Albany property

Photo by File

Photo by File

ALBANY, Ga. -- E-mails obtained Monday by The Albany Herald show that electronics giant Best Buy has been discussing locating an Albany store in the former Circuit City building on Westover Boulevard since early October.

Rumors have been circulating around town since Circuit City closed its doors on Jan. 16, 2009, that Best Buy was interested in the property.

Larry Walden, whose family corporation owns the property, said Monday that they had been in talks with the company about the property, but that "we're still pretty far apart."

"Believe me, that will be good news when it happens, but we're not there yet," Walden said.

In e-mails obtained through an Open Records Request to the city of Albany, The Herald has learned that MJM Architects, working on behalf of Best Buy, is working with Albany-Dougherty Planning Officials to get information on the building.

MJM has submitted a proposed site plan for the location, which would be right next to Nottingham Way and Westover Boulevard.

Interim Planning Director Mary Teeter said the parking issues that were raised by MJM are within her authority as interim director to remedy should a variance be needed and there should be no reason the request has to go through the Planning Commission or City Commission for approval.

In the e-mails, MJM officials asked about the application process for the variance and how likely it would be get the issues passed through the planning and city commissions.

The Albany Circuit City store was a casualty of the company's dissolution in January 2009. While early reports were that the store would remain open, Circuit City's corporate offices announced in late 2008 that it would close its remaining stores, including the Albany location.