The Albany Theater is located on Jackson Street in the heart of downtown Albany. Downtown officials plan to create a handful of loft apartments in the building.
ALBANY, Ga. — More living space is headed downtown as the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority and the City of Albany seek to convert a portion of the historic Albany Theater to loft apartment units.
ADICA CEO and Downtown Manager Aaron Blair said that his office still isn’t sure if it would be best to pursue a four-apartment or three-apartment floor plan for the facility, but regardless the project will likely go out for bid later this month.
“It’s something that is a priority for the city and a priority for ADICA, to have more living space downtown,” Blair said. “We think that, given the historic nature of the space and its availability, that coverting a portion of this space in to apartments makes sense.”
The plan is to convert a part of the upstairs portion of the theater outside of the auditorium section into separate apartments. Some of the apartments would be towards the front of the building, while others would be on the other side of the building.
The auditorium itself, the portion that once played host to actors, performers and, later, stars of stage and screen during the film era, is a wreck with a collapsed roof, damaged floors and walls and is even absent the stage
The portion Blair says the “arcade” — a row of individual business space leading from the main entrance off Jackson Street back towards the auditorium — is fully intact and ready for rehabilitation.
“It’s a shame that this once grand facility was allowed to sink into this kind of shape, but thankfully the previous owner did make efforts to salvage a good portion of the structure and we’re hopeful that we can build on that and make this a place people want to be again,” Blair said.
Since the floorplans are still in flux, their size is still fluid, but each of the apartments will be between 700 and 1,000 square feet and there will be a common atrium area in the center of the building that can be used for outdoor mingling or cooking or other various get togethers.
Blair said that officials have yet to determine an asking price and that they will likely let an outside property management firm serve as landlord once the units are finished.