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Albany historic district gets new boundaries

City commissioners voted to expand the historic district with a 4-3 vote Tuesday morning. / Photo: Mary Green

After months of discussion and a few split votes, Albany’s historic district will now have new boundaries.

City commissioners voted to expand the historic district with a 4-3 vote Tuesday morning. Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and Commissioners Jon Howard, Matt Fuller and BJ Fletcher voted in favor, while Mayor Pro Tem Bob Langstaff Jr. and Commissioners Roger Marietta and Tommie Postell opposed.

The vote came after a lengthy discussion in which Marietta motioned to table the discussion, which was backed by only Postell, and then Langstaff offered an alternative map of the district expansion, which was backed by only Marietta.

Langstaff’s map featured smaller pockets of homes that would be added to the district instead of a larger area.

The new district will include homes in the Rawson Circle and Palmyra Heights areas.

The initial map for expansion included more homes, but its size was decreased after the city completed a survey of homeowners and renters in the area. According to Planning, Development Services and Code Enforcement Director Paul Forgey, they received back about 25 percent of the 1,100 surveys they sent out. Forgey said 58 percent of those responses were in favor of expansion, while 42 percent were against.

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