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City will apply for federal grant for new transit center

The parking lot just behind the Dougherty County Courthouse may be converted to a new multimodal transit center.

The parking lot just behind the Dougherty County Courthouse may be converted to a new multimodal transit center.

ALBANY — Albany City Commissioners tentatively voted 6-0 Tuesday to apply for $1.5 million in federal dollars for a controversial multimodal center.

The funding, according to City Manager James Taylor, is not site specific, meaning it could be used at the controversial site planned behind the downtown courthouse or at an alternative location, including the existing transit center on West Oglethorpe Boulevard.

The city is currently being sued by the owners of the existing transit station and the owners of properties near the proposed site to block construction of the $11 million project.

“What you’re saying is that a vote for this does not mean we are voting to have moneys for building at the new multimodal site. This money can be used for another site,” Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard asked Taylor during discussion.

“It can be used at any site. This an opportunity to get additional dollars. We would ask for permission to apply for those dollars and add them to the pot of money that already exists to apply to the multimodal center, wherever it’s built,” Taylor said.

According to city officials, the $1.5 million discussed Tuesday was earmarked in 2010 by Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Atlanta, and Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Moultrie, but wasn’t included in the budget developed by the Georgia Department of Transportation and the city of Albany.

But in order for the money to be used on any site, the city has to apply for it from the federal government.

The money is separate from the stimulus funding that has already been allocated for the site and would go to fund the architectural and engineering plans that would need to be done for the project.

The transit center was nearly derailed last month when commissioners split on whether to fund a federally-mandated archeological study at the proposed site.

Comments

KaosinAlbany 2 years ago

Ha! So now the City is recanting their lie. I knew it was a lie to begin with that the funding was NOT site specific.

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jglass 2 years ago

So, is this different monies? I thought originally the money was site specific, now it is not??? You just never know what to believe.

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BettyBowTie 2 years ago

They lied about the Broad Ave. Bridge funding too. I don't think they know the truth when they see it anymore. Never trust any of them.

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dingleberry 1 year, 12 months ago

Well, what is the real story, City of Albany? Really, doesn't it sound like time for a Grand Jury investigation of this whole mess? Going from several million to $10 million should have been a tip off that it "won't quite right", Since then it has been one mess after another and it's time to clean it up.

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Amazed2 1 year, 12 months ago

For what just the archeological study cost ($500,000 to $600,000) you could totally renovate the existing bus station facility to sevrve the purpose. Why do we need a new multimodel facility which is basically a re-locate of what we already have. I understand though the city is sneaking in a parking deck area that is the majority of the cost. Nobody but the government employees use the current parking decks. Oh well welcome to Albany the Joke of the South.

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whattheheck 1 year, 12 months ago

I think we lease rather than own the facility in use now. The parking deck is probably only 20% of the new facility cost. We haven't had a real good description of what is planned since it seems to be a moving target.

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Justice4Moma 1 year, 12 months ago

First it was the airport,now the bus station.When are they going to understand people are broke.Going from day to day.Spening money is not the answer right now.Be happy with what you have.Dont get greedy.Oh i forgot,i am trying to make sense of people who have no sense when it comes to other peoples money.So we the people should have a vote.

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chinaberry25 1 year, 12 months ago

Why do you want a $10M building? So the vagrants can sleep on the benches. You can spend that money elsewhere? But I am wondering if anyone audits these funds just sitting there? This could be taken just like our social security money. We were never told that the federal government was stealing it. If there was going to be a surplus in FICA, they could have lowered the rate of deduction or given more to receivers. But one thing said and done, I do not trust government anymore.

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LuLu 1 year, 12 months ago

I'd rather see all that money used to build another jail so we can get (and keep) more thugs off the streets.

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TheBoss 1 year, 12 months ago

Guess what? The city does not own all the property where they are trying to put it.

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Justice4Moma 1 year, 11 months ago

i agree with LuLu,we need more jails.They are talking aboyt letting no violent offenders go early.What they do not say is that most non violent offenders get out,and then kill someone.Then you have to use more money to take them to court,pay there lawyers,do investagations that cost alot of money(oh i love the way some investagate).If in jail,it makes it a little more safe out here in the world.Makes sense to build more jails,at least you know they will be used.

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