Stop the demolition of Holley Hall and other historic buildings on Albany State
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On June 14, 2017, Governor Nathan Deal signed an Executive Order, commencing the demolition of Joseph W. Holley Fine Arts Hall on Albany State University campus, citing that the building cannot be advantageously used. By demolishing this building and all other buildings on the lower section of this illustrious institution; you're eliminating historic registry from the consciousness of all those who attend this school.
As a current student here at Albany State University, I always found it rather disappointing that I would wander the confines of this campus and instead of looking and seeing Caroline Hall, McIntosh Hall, Blaylock Hall, Davis Hall, Davis Hall Annex, Jeffries Hall, William H. Dennis Student Center and Dining Hall, Malone Infirmary, I see nothing but empty space that once accompanied the legacy of this one campus and distraught at the fact that I’ll never be able to have the opportunity to interact with any of these buildings. That the credibility of this one institution’s history is to be questioned and never within reach of accessory but within the depth of recourse.
You see, throughout my experience here in Albany, Georgia, I learned that Albany is not only known as “The Good Life” City but also the “City of Discovery”. There’s a lot of uncovered information and material in this city that leads us closer to learning more about the past of this city so that we can further alleviate progress for the future of this city.
Had it not been for my elders who had long service here in this community, I would have always believed that the majority of historic buildings previously described in the first paragraph of this transcript, were all wiped out by the Flood of ’94. A flood that devastated not only the entire region of West Oglethorpe Blvd and the entire apparatus of Radium Springs and beyond, but Albany State University altogether. Since the destruction, the campus administrators have decided to purchase a plot of land upward from the original foundation of the campus and build an entirely different campus on the plot while abandoning the former landscape.
Which did absolutely nothing but suppress and exacerbate the situation rather than eliminate and ameliorate the situation.
By moving the campus to the plot of land perpendicular to the plot of land that is also flatland; the school is now in direct liability of receiving an increased amount of damage in the event of a future flood occurrence. There is a large section in the middle of the campus that is commonly referred to as the ‘Pedestrian Walkway’ which maximizes the amount of further devastation that incoming floodwaters can have on any newly built campus structure on this campus. Because the floodwater can easily travel through this pathway and destroy the buildings and structures of the foundation upward from the previous foundation of Albany State College. What? The administration must think that there’s an invisible barrier that separates the original foundation from the successive one (Albany State University) and only the original foundation (Albany State College) would be affected in the event of a future flood, right?
In conclusion, I would like this petition to inform the diplomatic bureaucracy of the situation at hand in the Southwest Georgia area and override the decision that was made in the Executive Order that calls for the ‘expeditious’ removal and dismissal of Holley Hall as well as further engagements in the supposition of the termination of the aggregate of past events in conjunction to that of Albany State with the implementation of floodwater mitigative structures such as a flood wall or a self – regulating flood barrier to protect and preserve the school as a direct alternative to the demolition that was presupposed and predetermined. These devices operate to secure assets in flood prone areas during the event of a natural disaster such as the Flood of ’94 and will be positioned on the area commonly referred to as the “Cross – County Path” which is in direct alignment to that of the Flint River. The school has been inundated by floods in four instances, 1917, 1925, 1994 and 1998. All of these instances have one interlocking commonality amongst them: lack of mitigative floodwater protocol to help secure and protect the campus from harm, danger and/or excessive liability. I ask you to join me in helping Albany State not only be known as “Unsinkable” but “Untouchable” as well.
A Past to Cherish, A Future to Fulfill
This is our school motto. How can we cherish a past that isn’t there and how can we fulfill the future without being knowledgeable about the past contributions made by our preceding benefactors?
With all of this into account, I thank you so much for your time.
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