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Albany may really ‘dig’ bus station project

ALBANY — City Commissioners will discuss at their meeting Tuesday a proposal to set aside up to $590,000 to pay for an archeological dig required by the federal government at the planned site of a new multimillion-dollar bus terminal.

According to Assistant City Manager Wes Smith, the city received the estimate from a Tucker firm based on the maximum cost of excavating any Native American historical items from the site.

Smith said the company will dig a series of pits in and around the site and, depending on what is or isn’t discovered, will have to protect and move historically significant relics from the site.

“If they find anything, they’re going to have to deal with it. So the figure was calculated on the presumption that they’ll find many items in every pit they dig,” Smith said.

“It’s an ‘up-to amount’ cap that they wouldn’t be able to exceed, if approved by the commission.”

The cost for the entire project, including the $590,000 proposed contract, will be paid for chiefly by the federal and state government, with roughly 5 percent to be paid locally.

The dig was required after an environmental assessment of the area revealed that the area along the Flint River basin was a hotbed of Native American settlements.

Members of the Creek nation requested that a dig be done to ensure that the center wouldn’t be built on land that may have once been a settlement.

If the commission adopts the contract, work will begin quickly to dig the pits and to remove buried fuel tanks that are on the site as well, Smith said.

City and state officials hope to begin construction of the multimodal center later this year.

The center will include a two-tiered parking deck for government employees and patrons.

Comments

whattheheck 2 years, 2 months ago

Let's blow a few chunks on this one--money that is. Looks like indian's revenge on this treasure hunt. Anyway, this is the project we really don't know a lot about and likely don't need but if we do it is probably not needed in the manner now planned. This is the project that increased three fold or so in cost after we became aware of it. Don't know if we are still thinking about trains and shops or not but another parking deck in the area seems ridiculous.

Patrons are going to ride the bus because they don't have cars, or at least that is the theory and goodness knows hopefully there won't be that many employees. Park in the RiverQuarium lot with the ten daily visitors to that venue--no risk of not finding a place to park. Will someone please tell us in detail whattheheck we have planned for the MULTI?

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 2 months ago

Let's let one Albany's churches or fly-by-night "ministries" hold the money for safekeeping. That would be par for the course.

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