Downtown Albany updates impress commissioners

Downtown Albany upgrades. / ADICA

After the Albany city commission work session on Tuesday, the president for the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority came forward with an update on Albany's downtown development.

Over the past two years private investors have invested over $3 million dollars into the area.

24 businesses have opened since 2011. Only three have closed and one has relocated to another area.

In addition to a growth in business, downtown officials have worked on the city's streetscape and the facade of downtown structures.

The ADICA board has also worked to distinguish downtown neighborhoods and now they're looking to the future to draw in tourists by launching a kayaking and canoeing site on the riverfront.

"What we hope to see is that a new business that would be an outfitter will eventually come or the Riverquarium would step up and become and become an outfitter," said Aaron Blair, ADICA President, "Something like that that would enhance the work of the canoe launches that we're doing,"

Since the city's art scene is picking up, Blair says he hopes to see several galleries begin to open up in the future.