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ADICA sets limits on funding programs

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority Board gave Downtown Manager/ADICA President Aaron Blair the go-ahead Wednesday evening to prepare an agreement that would allow the authority to rent out the Pine Avenue Arts Park.

Blair said that while he did not want use of the park to take business away from such downtown entities as the State Theatre and the Hilton Garden Inn, he had gotten a number of inquiries about renting the Art Park for special events.

“All I’m looking for tonight from you is an OK to move forward with putting together policies and procedures for rental of the park,” Blair said at the board’s monthly meeting. “I’m looking at maybe a $250 fee for rentals during business hours and a $500 fee for after-hours rentals. We’d also expect a refundable deposit to protect the glass in the building.”

Blair also suggested, and the board approved, setting maximum budget amounts for programs previously approved by the board. The amounts OK’d by the board Wednesday were $10,000 for ADICA’s mural program, $200,000 for its loft conversion program and $500,000 for a contingency account that would be used to facilitate private partnerships.

“I am compelled to ask, as I have before, if all funding has been viewed by the folks on the fifth floor?” City Attorney Nathan Davis asked, indicating city management.

Blair said the proposals had been OK’d by City Manager James Taylor’s office and by city Finance Director Kris Newton’s office.

Davis said he would draw up a necessary agreement that would allow Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity to lease the building adjacent to the downtown skate park for a nominal fee. Fraternity representative James Linton asked if the fraternity could lease the building for $5 a year and use it as a headquarters to conduct community outreach projects.

“Most people think of college parties when they think of fraternities, but this is the older, alumni portion of the fraternity,” Linton said. “We would be responsible for maintenance of the building, utilities and insurance. We have to meet at various restaurants now because we have no fixed location.

“We’re a registered nonprofit, and some very prominent citizens are a part of our fraternity. We’re only interested in reaching out and giving back to this community.”

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Abytaxpayer 1 year, 6 months ago

“We’re a registered nonprofit (yep this is Albany), and some very prominent citizens are a part of our fraternity". BUT we feel even with all our prominent folks and their money we should only pay $5.oo a YEAR to rent your building. What? More Mercedes hiding behind another "NON-Profit"? Yep only in the "Good Life" can you rent a building for LESS than 2CENTS a DAY…. What has happed to the “Grand Plan” aka redistribution of wealth?

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whattheheck 1 year, 6 months ago

Redistribution of wealth is alive and well in the "Good Life". Why do you think it is called that?

As you will notice on the tax records, the building to be rented isn't even there. DoCo has chosen, not permitted by the state, to not record information on buildings located on tax exempt property. So, what is it we are renting for $5 big ones? Have to do a drive by to see 'sup, no shooting allowed, pls!

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whattheheck 1 year, 6 months ago

<p>Guidestar.org shows Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity's tax exempt status has been revoked. Check it out if this is a stopper, it may be this same group.

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MRKIA 1 year, 6 months ago

BEFORE KAP DOES ANY COMMUNITY OUTREACH, TRY REACHING INTO YOUR POCKETS AND FUND YOUR ENDEAVOR. YOU HAVE TO MAINTAIN INSURANCE AND UTILITIES WHEREVER YOU LOCATE SO THAT IS NOT A FAVOR TO THE CITY.

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SMHgain 1 year, 6 months ago

Give back to the community by paying a reasonable amount of rent for the building. I find it to be disgraceful to even suggest five dollars. Guess this organization expects a freebie like a lot of other organizations around Albany.

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GeeGee 1 year, 6 months ago

$5 is an insult to the taxpayers. If this happens, WGL should keep us abreast if they do not pay the utilities on time.

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RedEric 1 year, 6 months ago

Gimmedat Gimmedat Gimmedat. What a way to raise children. Honestly, do you folks ever think that somewhere there is a bottom to the barrel? For a start why don't you try to do something on your own? Without using taxpayer money. Some people are born without the shame gene.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 6 months ago

It's that $500,000 "contingency fund" that scares me....

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KaosinAlbany 1 year, 6 months ago

Yep and they will not up keep the building just like the historic house an ASU fraternity owned at one time and the city let the wrecking ball take it out a few years back. ASU feels they are entitled to everything. I would rather see Makerspace rent the building. At least I know they would up keep it.

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Noonan 1 year, 6 months ago

Instead of spending $200,000 for loft conversion, they should just walk around downtown and hand out 20,000 $100 bills.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 6 months ago

If it's any comfort to those of you with half a brain out there, it's not just happening in Albany.

WASHINGTON – It was billed as a state-of-the-art transportation hub that was going to give students at South Carolina State University a leg up on the competition.

The four building, 33-acre complex, named after its most famous alumnus, Rep. James Clyburn, would be a monument to the future -- where students could get hands-on experience and be a part of groundbreaking research in transportation.

Fast forward 15 years and the site once called the "project of the future" has morphed into a money-sucking pit. Aside from the $24 million in federal funding already spent on the project, an estimated $80 million more is needed to finish it. Of the four proposed buildings, only one has been constructed, and the program's core goal -- to provide educational and research opportunities to students at new high-tech facilities -- has obviously not been met.

Federal funding, as of now, has been suspended. But the school could still reapply, and the largely undeveloped site stands as an example of money that could have been saved for a rainy day -- funded by the same department that's now moving forward with serious sequester-related cuts.

Funding for the James E. Clyburn Transportation Center was earmarked by Congress, through the Department of Transportation.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 6 months ago

Since accusations of gross mismanagement hit the school, Clyburn's enthusiasm seemed to ease a bit for the problem-plagued project. But instead of blaming the school and reported mishandling of resources, Clyburn believes the problem is a political one.

"The faculty and the school have become victims of vicious manufactured attacks by political partisans, and that is unfortunate for the university and the students who would benefit from this program," Clyburn said in a written statement.

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VietVet1 1 year, 6 months ago

"fraternity could lease the building for $5 a year and use it as a headquarters to conduct community outreach projects."

OK let me have the court house for $5 a year and I'll be kind enough to rent it back to you for $200,000. LOL Only in Albany

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