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Sonny’s BBQ, larger lofts, new hotel and nightclub seek zoning approval

The owner of the Lofts at Zebulon seeks to build larger residential units in the retail space on the ground floor of Building 2 in the mixed-use development in the 5800 block of Zebulon Road where a new Sonny's BBQ restaurant also is being considered.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

February 21, 2020

The proposed Sonny’s BBQ restaurant at the Lofts at Zebulon will get another hearing Monday afternoon at the Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission. The board also will consider whether to allow six additional high-end residential units in nearly 12,000 sq. ft. of retail space in Building...

Macon offers money saving deal to delinquent businesses

Macon business owners have an extra three months to pay overdue business occupation taxes without late fees.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

February 21, 2020

Businesses that are in arrears have a one-time chance to skip late fees and penalties. Macon-Bibb County Commissioners approved a safe haven period until June 30 to pay up past due occupation taxes, commonly referred to as business licenses. A failure in the county’s computer system that tracks...

Macon-Bibb Commission stalls over privatizing business services

Macon-Bibb County is considering privatizing building plan permitting and inspections.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

February 19, 2020

Macon-Bibb County commissioners want more time to consider privatizing business plan reviews and inspections after additional questions were raised Tuesday night. Mayor Robert Reichert and County Manager Keith Moffett have advocated for SAFEbuilt Georgia LLC to take the reins of the Business Development...

Euthanization ‘not my intention,’ Bibb sheriff says as animal shelter cleared to open

The Macon-Bibb County Animal Shelter is now under the control of the Bibb County Sheriff's Office.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

February 14, 2020

Four months after the state shut down Macon-Bibb County’s animal shelter, they can reopen but this time under the sheriff’s control. An inspection Thursday led the Georgia Department of Agriculture to release the stop order, according to Julie McPeake, chief communication officer for the state...

Downtown Macon general store opening for pets, plants, people

The Per Diem Market opening at 455 Poplar St. this spring is named for the Latin phrase meaning

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

February 12, 2020

When he was a teenager, Jeremy Smith swept floors in his father’s feed store in McDonough. The 32-year-old, who grew up on a Butts County dairy farm, now spends his days working on a new general store on Poplar Street in downtown Macon. Smith and his partner Whitney Boyer, who owns the Reboot...

Macon-Bibb commissioners nearly kill deal to privatize building services

Macon-Bibb County is considering splitting its Business Development Services Department and outsourcing inspections and permits to SAFEbuilt.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

February 11, 2020

A lengthy debate over privatization of Macon-Bibb County’s building permitting and inspections nearly quashed the proposal Tuesday. Mayor Robert Reichert was visibly upset after two commissioners voted against transferring management of those operations to SAFEbuilt, a company hired about nine months...

North Macon neighbors oppose assisted living development

The Macon-Bibb Planning & Zoning Commission heard revisions Monday for a proposed assisted living, memory care facility at 5171 Bowman Road in North Macon.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

February 10, 2020

Concerns over a proposed assisted living and memory care facility at 5171 Bowman Road again drew neighbors to the Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission Monday afternoon. Since the rezoning request was first heard Dec. 9, Braemar Partners tweaked the design of the 82-unit building and moved...

New north Macon raw bar; Bowman assisted living plan changes; Church for Bloomfield?

Miramar Raw Bar & Tapas bar manager Josh Howard stocks liquor at the new restaurant that is opening Feb. 13 on Forsyth Road in North Macon.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

February 7, 2020

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, a cozy new restaurant is coming to north Macon. Miramar Raw Bar & Tapas will open its doors Feb. 13 in the Vineville Crossing shopping center near one of its sister restaurants, Brasserie Circa at 4420 Forsyth Road. “This place is very sexy to me, it’s...

Macon-Bibb to use cameras to fight crime; New sales tax sought to roll back property tax; Centreplex, courthouse upgrades   

The Bibb County Sheriff's Office

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

February 6, 2020

The Bibb County sheriff might be down about 100 officers, but he’s getting some new tools to fight crime. The Macon-Bibb County Commission has approved up to $100,000 annually to be spent on surveillance cameras to be erected across the county. Under the proposal approved this week, half the...

Builders raise questions as Macon-Bibb plans to outsource permitting, inspections

Nearly three dozen building contractors gathered Feb 3 at the Macon-Bibb County Government Center to talk with SAFEbuilt Georgia LLC which has agreed to take over local building permits and inspections if commissioners approve the proposal.

February 4, 2020

About three dozen builders and contractors came seeking answers Monday about Macon-Bibb County’s plan to outsource building inspections. Mayor Robert Reichert hosted a “meet and greet” with SAFEbuilt Georgia LLC, which has been serving as a temporary independent contractor for the county since...

Macon-Bibb voting precincts move; Registration peaks; Poll workers needed

Macon-Bibb County elections officer Thomas Gillon demonstrates the new voting machines at the board of elections office on Pio Nono Avenue.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

January 30, 2020

When Macon-Bibb County voters go the polls this spring, they’ll use new voting equipment and might even vote in a new location. Elections supervisor Jeanetta Watson said nearly 115,000 people are now registered to vote. “That’s a historical high for Bibb County,” Watson said Thursday. The...

Should Macon-Bibb save old Bibb Mill’s Train Recreation Center?

The 1920 Train Recreation Center was built by the Bibb Manufacturing Company to serve the families living in the old mill village.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

January 29, 2020

Historic Macon Foundation, Bibb County’s UGA Cooperative Extension and Mayor Robert Reichert made pitches to county commissioners Tuesday morning to save the Train Recreation Center. The Bibb Manufacturing Co. deeded the 11,000 sq. ft. building and property to the city of Macon in 1966 with the...

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