Dougherty County pledges $1.7M for downtown projects

Dougherty County commission approved $700,000 for the Albany Museum of Art's planned move to downtown. / Mary Green

Dougherty County commissioners approved a combined $1.7 million to go toward new projects in downtown Albany.

The first and larger of those is for $1,020,196 for the Albany State-to-downtown portion of the Flint River Trails system. The Georgia Board of Regents had already pledged $750,000 for the project, which requires a total of $1.7 million.

County Administrator Richard Crowdis suggested the commission vote to reallocate funds from different projects in the SPLOST III, IV and V budgets to projects in those existing budgets that would include trail development. The combined total comes to $1,020,196, which commissioners unanimously approved.

The second approval benefits the Albany Museum of Art’s plan to move from its current location off Gillionville Road to a downtown venue. Commissioners were originally scheduled vote on whether or not to approve the museum’s request for $700,000 on Monday, but the vote was tabled for Friday after some of them said they needed more time to consider and discuss the request.

In the end, the commission also unanimously approved the funds for the museum, which will come from the SPLOST V budget.

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