ALBANY, Ga. — A series of leaks to a city building will cost upwards of $401,000 in federal community bloc grant funds to repair, city officials learned this week.
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The repair work will replace the windows and seal large portions of the exterior skin of the the Arthur K. Williams Microenterprise Building on South Jackson Street, city officials say.
Architect David Maschke said that water had managed to work its way through the outer masonry shell of the building and through the outer edges of the windows.
At Tuesday’s City Commission meeting, Albany Mayor Willie Adams questioned why such extensive repairs were needed on a building that is roughly 20 years old.
“That’s a lot of money to spend on leaks,” Adams said. “Is there anything we can do to track down the contractor or the architect and hold them accountable?”
The short answer from City Attorney Nathan Davis was no, because any bond on the work would have expired four years after construction was finished.
The funds to finance the project will come from the city’s allotment of community development block grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The winning bidder was CA Brown Construction Company of Albany.