Dougherty County Land Bank votes to acquire four properties in Radium Springs


    On Thursday, the Albany / Dougherty County Land Bank Board of Directors met for its annual meeting//Photo: Kailey McCarthy

    On Thursday, the Albany / Dougherty County Land Bank Board of Directors met for its annual meeting.

    The board voted to move forward with four properties in Radium Springs that were damaged by the 2017 storms.

    Plans are to re-develop that area and continue to make Radium Springs a residential neighborhood.

    The Albany / Dougherty County Land Bank is a relatively new organization, set up by the city and county for the purpose of acquiring tax delinquent properties.

    In turn, the organization works to put the property back on the tax roll.

    In Radium Springs, where homes were damaged from flooding and the January 2017 storms, Land Bank Executive Director Paul Forgey says many owners can't rebuild.

    The Board of Directors want to work with these owners to preserve these lots and make sure the property can be re-developed in the future.

    "The county is making a lot of investments out there with the trails and the storm memorial, the new roads, it's really going to be a nice area, but we want to make sure that there's still housing out there," said Forgey.

    The county has already made road improvements on Azalea and Skywater.

    Last month, county leaders broke ground on the new Radium Springs Storm Memorial.

    The memorial will have the names of each person killed in the January 22 storm.


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