The Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority is considering allowing a private developer to purchase property it currently owns, much like it did recently in a move that allowed for the construction of the new Homerun Foods Convenience Store at 309 West Oglethorpe Boulevard.
ALBANY A developer is trying to get the board members of the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority to sell property its principals say could lead to a downtown development worth hundreds of thousands of dollars on the low end.
While negotiations for the piece of land and the development are allowed to be kept confidential under Georgia’s Open Meetings Act, Downtown Manager Aaron Blair said Wednesday the implications for the project, at least as presented by the developer, are big.
“If it comes off as the developer has imagined it, it would be something on the front end worth several hundreds of thousands of dollars and could lead to millions over the next few years,” Blair said.
Recently the board agreed to sell a piece of land it owned near Jefferson Street and Oglethorpe Boulevard, a transaction that transformed a largely vacant parking lot area into a new Homerun Foods convenience store.
“Anytime we can, we want to get the properties ADICA owns sold to private developers and back onto the tax rolls,” Blair said. “Sometimes we have to buy properties and do some minor work to make them appealing to developers, and sometimes they buy them and do the work themselves, which is ideal because very little tax dollars are being used. ... But those properties generally need to be transferred to private businesses to get off the rolls.”
Additionally, the board is considering what to do with the skate park it owns on the east side of the Flint River.
Blair said that a plan needs to be developed to utilize the facility either through ADICA or through a private entity.
“We’ve received some comments from some skaters on our Facebook page about some possible changes to the park that have led us to begin talks with the board,” Blair said.
Currently, the city of Albany’s Recreation and Parks department operates the facility from dawn until dusk each day.