Thronateeska Executive Director Tommy Gregors, right, speaks with Board Chair Susan Harper, left, and others before breaking ground on Thronateeska's new $2.1 million archives building.
ALBANY, Ga — Thronateeska Heritage Center officials officially broke ground on a $2.1 million archives building Wednesday, expanding the organization's footprint while providing a repository for public documents.
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The 10,000-square-foot addition will connect to Thronateeska's existing administrative offices and will be built using the same theme as its signature train depot, Executive Director Tommy Gregors said.
"Not only does this take care of Thronateeska's collection that we've been entrusted with over the years, it also expands our opportunity to become a research center by having the permanent records of the city of Albany and Dougherty County here and available to the public," Gregors said.
Once construction is complete in eight-12 months, Gregors said the building will allow documents that detail the earliest days of Albany, some more than 100 years old, to be kept in a safe, climate- and humidity-controlled environment.
The building's construction will be funded exclusively using revenues generated by the passage of a special-purpose local-option sales tax, which was approved by voters in 2010.
Plans on display Wednesday morning showed that the building will feature a research room for the public to search records that have already been electronically scanned into Thronateeska's growing digital library system, an archival preparation room for documents to be prepped for storage and the archival storage unit itself.