As of Saturday, April 13, 2013
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Work has begun on refurbishing the exterior of buildings along Front Street in downtown Albany.
ALBANY — A handful of downtown business owners and operators have partnered with the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority to beautify the facades of buildings along Front Street.
Downtown manager and ADICA CEO Aaron Blair said that Bob Brooks and Dale Saunders have started renovating a part of RiverFront Barbecue near the intersection of Front Street and Broad Avenue.
The business will convert an unused portion of the building at the street corner into a patio, stage, oyster bar and beer garden area, Blair said, while Brooks finances the restoration of his property along Front Street, removing the boarded windows and doors and replacing them with upgraded components.
“That’s what the facade grant program is about,” Blair said. “ADICA chips in a bit of money and hopefully it spurs the property owners to kick in some more of their own money. And that’s what’s happening here.”
Blair said the $10,000 or so that has been approved for Front Street facades is well under what will likely be more than $100,000 in private investment that Brooks will kick in to complete the renovations.