Albany works to revamp Mule Barn for entertainment

Albany works to revamp Mule Barn for entertainment./ Photo: Alexandria Ikomoni

The Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority is working to change a historic location into an entertainment and event space.

ADICA heard the plans for the historic Mule Barn on West Broad Avenue at their meeting Thursday evening.

According to Developer Anthony Phillips, the barn is in terrible shape with the walls caving in and the roof sitting on top of the walls.

Phillips said the plan is to demolish the building and rebuild it for events like concerts, weddings, plays and more.

Phillips said the community needs a slightly smaller space than the Civic Center where people can enjoy entertainment.

"This project offers that,” Phillips said. “It offers people the opportunity to have a good fun evening with clean and wholesome entertainment."

Phillips will need to bring a full proposal to the Downtown Development Authority. They will help figure out how much the project will cost.

Then, it'll be brought back to ADICA for approval. Phillips said if it’s approved, progress will be made in the next 12 to 16 months.

The barn was built in the 1920s for buying and selling mules that were shipped from the west coast. Farmers would buy them for agriculture purposes.

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