Commissioners pass moratorium on demolitions in historic district

Some homes will now have a better chance at being restored in the historic district of Albany.Photo: Kailey McCarthy

Some homes will now have a better chance at being restored in the historic district of Albany.

On Tuesday, city commissioners voted unanimously in favor of a 60 day moratorium on demolitions in the district.

District one commissioner Jon Howard says the freeze could potentially allow some homes to be salvaged rather than demolished.

He adds it's all about preserving history in the Good Life City while also keeping the area safe.

"We want to preserve that part of history but at the same time we have to realize that the safety of the community and the safety of the neighborhood is also a top priority too," said Howard.

Howard says there are some homeless people who do find shelter in some of the vacant homes in Albany.

He adds if a home isn't preserved, it will be demolished after the 60 day period.

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