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Old 08-15-2018, 07:40 AM
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On Poplar Street, you'll find people enjoying the downtown scene, new green spaces, and new parking meters. You'll also find empty storefronts, vandalized windows, and piles of trash, but it's an area people are slowly beginning to invest in.

"Poplar is going to be the next booming street in downtown Macon," says Lee Clack, who owns Kudzu Seafood Company. "We're a Gulf Coast-style seafood place. I feel like we're the best seafood in town."

Located at 3rd Street and Poplar, his restaurant is only 1,400 square feet and seats just 45 people.

"Basically what we've done is bring the Gulf Coast to Middle Georgia," says Clack.

And soon, Clack will be expanding by taking his restaurant across Poplar Street.

Construction crews are working on building four new restaurants and about a dozen new lofts on the south end of Poplar. That's just down the block from where Miller Heath with MMI Capital, LLC says he's planning to build "Central City Commons," a $50 million "mixed use" development we first reported on in 2015.

That project was put on hold last year when Heath ran into some issues with old stormwater drains and pipes.

Alex Morrison with the Urban Development Authority sent WMAZ an email statement that says the pipes still haven't been replaced, but the UDA, County Engineering Department, and Water Authority worked together to find a "solution" for the Central City Commons project.

Morrison would not go into details, but says a minimal amount of SPLOST dollars will be used to fix the problem, saving taxpayers money.
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Old 08-16-2018, 06:33 PM
Location: Mcdonough/Warner Robins
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MACON, Ga. - An empty lot on downtown Macon's Mulberry Street could be home to a new bank and condominiums if a new plan is approved by the Macon-Bibb Planning and Zoning department.

According to the proposal, the site was home to Cassidy's Garage and included an auto service station and parking deck. The lot is now vacant.

Developers want to build a bank with a drive-thru lane on the ground floor. The second through sixth floors will include two residential condiminiums per floor for a total of ten units. Each condo will be a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom unit and will be approximately 2,400 square feet. Each unit will have a balcony. The roof will have a 2,800 square foot roof deck.
Was this project approved?
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Old 02-05-2019, 09:08 AM
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There’s a new bar opening downtown and it’ll be chill!

Jeremy Jackson started ‘Daiquiris and More’ at 378 Second Street beside The Capitol.

They plan to serve alcoholic beverages in the form of frozen daiquiris and slushies!

Some of the flavors are going to be “Mango-Henny-Colada”, “Strawberry-Hennessy” and “Cloud 9”.

The grand opening is Friday, March 1st!
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Old 02-05-2019, 09:07 PM
Location: Macon
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Was this project approved?
It was approved

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Old 02-06-2019, 08:22 AM
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I was told the ground breaking will start this year, I foresee a lot more of these condo and residential projects being proposed for Downtown Macon, I would just like to see them built higher than (6 Stories) maybe in the 10-15 story range.
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Old 02-16-2019, 03:36 PM
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Public wifi is coming to downtown Macon....
Middle Georgia State University would use a $39,848 grant to install the wireless internet network that would be available to the public for at least 18 months. The target Wi-Fi network will be installed in Poplar Street Park with a signal strong enough to go down Poplar Street and reach Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

“There will be times (service) expands further depending on weather conditions and other factors,” said Kevin Floyd, associate dean of the School of Information Technology at Middle Georgia State.
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Old 02-19-2019, 07:05 AM
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Macon attorneys Virgil Adams and Brian Adams, no relation, in late 2017 bought an entire block of buildings in the district that were considered the most critically in danger. They took six months to move out tenants, then started cleaning out the buildings to prepare for renovation. An engineering firm is currently working to make sure the buildings are stable, and once that is done renovations will begin. That could start any day, and the work is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The two will then lease out the buildings, which could be medical offices, professional services or other types of business.

With the completion of that project, the only building in danger left in the district will be the vacant Walton building, said Ethiel Garlington, executive director of Historic Macon. If Cotton Avenue stays on the list this year, it will only be because of the Walton building, he said. It’s also possible Cotton Avenue could come off and the Walton building itself would be put on the list.
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Old 02-28-2019, 05:36 PM
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Scott Mitchell, who owns Travis Jean Emporium, says the outside of his store looks nicer thanks to a new ambassador program.

"There is a kid named Daniel for works for them. People will get out of their cars and he'll say, 'Hey, how are you doing today?' to visitors coming out of their cars," said Mitchell. Richard Bingaman, Daniel's boss, says the program has only 3 employees. In the last month since the program started, they've pulled stickers from light poles. Now, they're starting on getting rid of graffiti and power-washing buildings.

"We have 42 blocks to cover, so it'll keep us busy for a while," said Bingaman.
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Old 03-12-2019, 11:56 AM
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Update on Central City Commons..
Imagine a new hotel, restaurant, multi-family housing, and other developments coming to the downtown Macon area.

The Urban Development Authority say before that can become reality, private investors are asking the county for two new parking decks.

Heatherly Wakefield manages W.E.A.R. thrift store in downtown Macon.

She says lately, she's been having a hard time finding reliable parking for her 4-hour shifts.

The Urban Development Authority plans to put two new parking decks along Poplar Street and behind the Adams Law Firm building.

Alex Morrison, head of the UDA, says the parking decks would cost $20 million.

He's asking for the county to use its credit to issue bonds for the project.

"We wouldn't be building any parking decks in this specific location today without this development and this development can't move forward if we didn't provide the parking decks and other infrastructure improvements for it," said Morrison.
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Old 03-12-2019, 02:38 PM
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Default Downtown Macon project for new hotel, parking decks moves forward


A resolution was approved Tuesday authorizing Mayor Robert Reichert to enter into the Master Development Agreement with the Macon-Bibb Urban Development Authority on a new hotel and parking decks in downtown Macon.

The project would cost $90 million in all.

Urban Development Authority wants two new parking decks: one on Poplar Street and another behind the Adams Law Firm building. Cost is around $20 million.

Meanwhile, project developers want a Hyatt Place Hotel for the hotel space. It would hold 122 rooms.

The project also includes:

A 92-unit multi-family living space
A 150,000 square foot retail building
A limited service hotel
The Newman building renovated into a restaurant and event building
The Crescent building renovated into an office space
The Thornton building renovated into a retail and office building


Construction could start this summer on a $90 million development that would bring new housing, retail and event space, parking decks and hotels to downtown Macon. The project also could bring more than 100 jobs and increased tax revenue.

Read more here: https://www.macon.com/news/local/art...#storylink=cpy

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