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Albany Officials Consider Moving Casino

6 June 2002

ALBANY, New York – As reported by the Albany Herald: "Albany city commissioners are looking into the cost of moving the Radium Springs Casino to another location in an effort to save the historic landmark.

"The casino, which served as one of the state's premiere resorts during the first half of the 20th Century, faces a federally-mandated demolition date of Dec. 31, unless community leaders relocate the local treasure or secure an exemption from Congress.

" …[Commissioner Bo Dorough] said it would be wise to move ahead with plans to relocate the structure before it's too late. Dorough wants it moved near the Flint River between the 100 blocks of Oglethorpe Boulevard and Broad Avenue as part of the downtown redevelopment plan.

"…Following severe damage after the floods of 1994 and 1998, the owners of the casino looked to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to purchase the property as part of a flood buyout program.

"FEMA later transferred ownership of the casino to the county, but with the stipulation that the building be removed from the flood plain as required by federal law…"

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