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Gov. Scott in Albany to announces tax incentives to fund Albany General Store project

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ALBANY — Governor Phil Scott was in Albany on Tuesday to announced the allocation of $2.8 million in state tax incentives for 16 projects, showcasing the Albany Community Trust’s effort to re-open and expand the Albany General Store, which closed due to a fire in 2014.

At the press conference, the Governor praised local efforts to revitalize the community.

“Albany residents show us that any community can come together to support regional economic growth,” said Scott. “It’s great to see these projects happening in communities large and small, and to see more and more people living and working in our downtowns and villages.”

The Albany General Store was devastated by fire in early 2014 and the building remained empty until May when it was purchased by Albany Community Trust.

The non-profit plans to re-open the store as a small retail grocery, bakery, and take-out deli.

Work planned includes new electrical wiring, plumbing, insulation, and a new radiant floor heating system.

The exterior of the 1974 building will also be updated to blend with its 19th-century neighbors, including construction of a new porch with an ADA-compliant ramp.

Finally, a small addition will provide indoor seating, bathroom facilities, and a community meeting room.

The total project cost is expected to be over $381,000, and the tax credits awarded totaled $55,125.

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