The old meets the new for $200,000
Downtown Albany is getting a new look that's an estimate cost of $200,000.
The "Facade Program" was established for the Downtown district. Under this program, tenants and owners can apply for frontal renovations and receive matching funds up to $10,000. These funds come from property taxes paid in the Downtown area and reallocated through the Tax Allocation District says Senior Planner, Rozanne Braswell for the City of Albany.
Braswell adds, "Downtown is what makes Albany, Albany," and adds that new renovations were making sure that some of the historical elements were preserved.
Aaron Blair, Downtown Manager for the City of Albany, says about 26 buildings were renovated under the Facade program and around 19 of them were occupied but still for lease.
According to the Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau, over 48,669 visitors came through Downtown last year. Braswell says that number is great for Downtown and with the new renovations, will hopefully bring more interest and ultimately more money.
The new renovations included paintings, some window installations, new awnings, benches, bike racks and new street lights. The new changes can be found on Front Street, Broad Avenue, and Washington Street.