Grace said that if the city closes part of Eighth Avenue, it would likely make that section of road into a contained, dead-end parking lot. Motorists would have to enter and exit the lot from one side, preventing the flow of through traffic. Many city officials said they don’t know the details of the proposed road closing. But Albany residents agree that it’s related to traffic. Those of us who live in the Albany neighborhood were trying to address some traffic problems.
People who live on Eighth Avenue don’t have driveways Electronic Conveyancing so they have to park on the street, and cars that drive there try to speed through, said resident Nell Standridge. Mrs. Standridge said she and her neighbors initially asked officials if the city could make Eighth Avenue a one-way street north to Moulton Street.They said they couldn’t make it a one-way but asked if it would help to close the part of Eighth Avenue that runs through Delano Park. Fellow Albany resident Margaret Ann Templeton said she hopes closing a section of Eighth Avenue would increase space in Delano Park, something she feels will enhance the neighborhood.
Edith Haney, another resident of Albany, said that during the 1970s, a group of citizens once proposed closing part of Eighth Avenue. I’ve lived on the corner of Eighth and Gordon for almost 27 years, and I’ve seen lots of traffic here. But not everyone in the neighborhood supports closing the road.
A petition against it is said to be circulating through Albany, although residents who were contacted said they had not seen a petition. Herman Nebrig, who was born in the 99-year-old Victorian home in 1916, Keith Rogers. who restored it about 12 years ago, and Phil and Loretta Clark, who called it home the past four years. could do nothing but shake their heads and try to console each other, fighting back tears as memories poured into their thoughts.