ALBANY, Ga. — Now that Albany’s elected officials have walked away from what had formerly been the preferred site for a new $10 million transit facility, what happens to that site, the transit center and the current facility on Oglethorpe Boulevard?
It’s a simple question with a not-so-simple answer.
Wednesday city staffers officially pressed the reset button on the project.
According to Assistant City Manager Wes Smith, officials with the Federal Transit Authority and the Georgia Department of Transportation are meeting today to discuss the future of the project from the federal and state perspective.
The city is expected to cancel the remaining work under an archeological contract that was required by the federal government.
Following that, Smith said that the city likely will begin the site selection process over again, which will be funded with local tax funds rather than state or federal funds.
“The best information provided to us by both the FTA and GDOT is that process will cost anywhere from $250,000 to $300,000, and likely take two years,” Smith said.
Those funds would be spent in addition to the $250,000 that has already been spent on site work and planning associated with the parking lot site that was abandoned by commissioners Tuesday.
Ten years ago, when the city, state and federal government began the site selection process, four sites were identified — including the proposed site behind the courthouse and the current transit site, which is owned by the Destiny Group.
City officials are also expecting the FTA to pull an annual $90,000 subsidy they contribute to cover the rent that is paid to Destiny to carry city transit buses at the Oglethorpe Boulevard location.