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.”