We have not only heard that taxpayers are upset…much more like outraged, that the Cutliff Grove Family Resource Center wants the Albany City Commission to restructure the center’s debt, on a low-income housing project it took over from the city in 2008.
They want the principal reduced on a one and a half million HUD block grant to manage the South Albany New Nativity Village housing complex.
They also want to do away with the 3 percent interest, so they can make nearly a half-million dollars in repairs.
It’s obvious that Cutliff Grove bit off more than they can chew.
We agree with the Albany City Manager who said: “Frankly, I don’t think officials understood what it takes to run a project of this magnitude”.
There’s no question that there’s a need for low income housing developments in Albany; but this situation illustrates an equally important need, for adequate supervision of who gets the money for these projects and how it’s handled.
Have city leaders forgotten, we had to return 374-thousand in tax dollars from Cutliff’s last proposed housing project?
After taking the money, not a shovel of dirt was moved after five years…
City leaders are taking some time to figure out how to proceed. Most of us want to offer some advice…just say no!
Early College / ASU Building
A struggle is going on between Albany State and the Dougherty County School system over the use of an ASU building for the Early College Program.
The Dougherty County School System spent almost half a million dollars to help renovate Andrews Hall on the ASU campus, and has an agreement to use it for at least three more years for the Early College Program.
But now ASU wants to alter the deal.
After conducting a state-ordered facilities review, Albany State leaders decided they have a better use for Andrews Hall.
ASU’s president wants the early college program moved off the ASU campus altogether.
Dougherty County School Board Members can fight to enforce the current agreement or accept a different lease, that would force them to find a new location for the Early College.
We’re hopeful that the two groups can work out an agreement – otherwise, if the early college program is moved away from Andrews Hall, Albany State should reimburse the school system for taxpayer money spent to renovate the college building. It’s the right thing to do.
Written by Jim Wilcox, general manager of WALB.