Donation Program for Downtown Project

ALBERT LEA, MN — The city of Albert Lea could be offering folks a chance to own a piece of downtown.

The city council is considering starting a donation program to put benches and tree guards downtown.

It’s part of the Broadway Reconstruction and Streetscape Project.

Several items were taken out of the project after bids came in over budget.

City leaders say they’ve had people step forward-looking to help start-up a program.

“We had someone step forward who wanted to donate or start a donation program for a lot of the things we wanted to cut out,” Albert Lea City Manager Chad Adams said. “We started some conversations and thought the most logical and simple way to do that. And we kind of looked at other communities and what they have done to and they’ve had similar programs.”

You can get a plaque that would be put on a bench or tree guard with a 1,000 dollar donation.

He adds any donation 25 dollars or more would be put on a bigger plaque that will be located near downtown.

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