Albany City Commissioners discuss Heritage House
The Albany City Commission met Tuesday and covered a variety of topics including an update on the Heritage House Hotel. City officials now have to go through a longer abatement process to demolish the building; which could cost millions of dollars. The city was planning on purchasing the tax lien hotel through a tax sale last week but City Manager Al Lott says the owner ended up paying the property taxes. "That's no longer an option. So we are continuing with the abatement process through the court just like any other property. You know, you either clean it up or board it up, and prepare it for demolition is what we want" says Lott. Commissioner Chris Pike says the cost of demolishing the building will be worth it. "We're hoping by using that investment, it will stir some development; and so that would be a great use for commercial property that would not happen without that investment" says Pike.