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Neighbor complaints stop plans for old Pio Nono Kroger

Proposed new plans for a self-storage facility in the 84,000 sq. ft. old Kroger building now reserve 15,000 sq. ft. of the building for a future grocery store at 400 Pio Nono Ave.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

January 27, 2020

More than a dozen people signed up Monday to speak against a proposed self-storage facility at the old Kroger location at 400 Pio Nono Ave. Their arguments before the Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission were enough to halt the project to build 569 climate-controlled storage units inside...

Bass Road crosswalks to nowhere spark safety planning discussion

New pedestrian crossings lead to a drainage ditch on Bass Road at the Interstate 75 off-ramp.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

January 24, 2020

In recent weeks, an electrical contractor has been wiring for new signals and crosswalks on Bass Road at Interstate 75 in north Macon. Striping on the pavement creates a designated path for walkers that doesn’t really lead anywhere as there are no sidewalks along that busy thoroughfare and possible...

UPDATE: GDOT alters traffic flow to ease congestion at I-16 ramp

The Georgia Department of Transportation removed the

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

January 23, 2020

Drivers regularly stuck in traffic on Gray Highway near Interstate 16 could see some relief. The Georgia Department of Transportation's most recent lane shift and closure of the I-16 westbound cloverleaf ramp had a ripple effect resulting in vehicles backing up past Nottingham Drive on Gray Highway. Initi...

New interstate traffic patterns confound Macon drivers

The Interstate 16 West on-ramp from northbound Spring Street  has closed due to construction and drivers must now turn left at the Emery Highway traffic light.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

January 21, 2020

Since this story was published, the Georgia Department of Transportation has altered the traffic pattern at Interstate 16 to help ease congestion. Read the update here.  An agitated driver blew her car horn continuously Tuesday morning as she waited to turn right onto Interstate 16 West at the traffic li...

Macon-Bibb sees $13.5 million surplus for first time since consolidation

CPA Miller Edwards, right, briefs Macon-Bibb County leaders on the Fiscal 2019 audit that saw a $13.5 million dollar surplus.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

January 17, 2020

A year after a budget shortfall threatened to close libraries, Macon-Bibb County boasts $13.5 million in the black for Fiscal Year 2019. “Now for the first time since consolidation… you have revenue over budget and expenditures coming in under budget,” CPA Miller Edwards told the mayor and commissioners...

Pio Nono Kroger plans stall; North Macon neighbors help sink events center

Proposed new plans for a self-storage facility in the 84,000 sq. ft. old Kroger building now reserve 15,000 sq. ft. of the building for a future grocery store at 400 Pio Nono Ave.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

January 14, 2020

Dozens of people opposed two projects coming before the Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday. Several neighbors spoke out against a proposed climate-controlled self-storage facility in the old Kroger at 400 Pio Nono Ave. and about 70 other people petitioned against an event center...

Peacing Together: Macon funeral home offers youth tours to quell violence

Funeral home owner Richard Robinson leads reporters through his casket showroom as an example of how he plans tours for young people in an effort to curb deadly violence in Macon.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

January 6, 2020

Richard Robinson was barely over 21 when he opened his first funeral home in south Macon. In the three years since starting his own business, the young man from east Macon has seen a disproportionate share of young people among his hometown’s homicide victims. Monday, Robinson joined Macon-Bibb...

2020: Housing Authority begins final phase of Tindall Fields; plans north Macon senior living

Tindall Fields II multi-family units have already been filled but construction continues on two final phases of the $50 million project to the southeast of Mercer University on the grounds of the old Tindall Heights public housing neighborhood.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

December 20, 2019

Early in 2020, construction of the final phase of Tindall Fields will begin to the southeast of Mercer University. Monday, the Macon Housing Authority closed on the final piece of the $50 million residential development on the site of the old Tindall Heights public housing neighborhood. Since about...

2020: Couple staying in Robins AFB encroachment zone as solar field encircles them

A south Bibb County home sits dismantled at the corner of Kearnes and McArrell drives where Georgia Power will begin building a 650 acre solar farm in 2020.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

December 20, 2019

Ronald and Kristine Snyder moved from the Robins Air Force Base encroachment zone in the 90s and they vow not to uproot themselves again. “We’re too old to move and start over,” Ronald Snyder said Wednesday, just hours after the Central Georgia Joint Development Authority got an update on the...

Macon’s I-75 Welcome Center remains closed after GDOT raises ownership questions

The Macon Welcome Center on Interstate 75 has been closed since June and a dispute over ownership of the building has delayed repairs.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

December 13, 2019

Travelers headed south on Interstate 75 see the signs touting Macon as “Where Soul Lives” but when they get to the city’s Welcome Center no one is there to greet them. In June, the building’s HVAC system went down and still hasn’t been repaired six months later. “There’s a question...

Will some Macon bars, restaurants and package stores go dry on Jan. 1?

Bartender Valeri Herring puts down a drink at the bar of 20s Pub on Riverside Drive. Herring recently applied to renew the bar's alcohol license but many others in Macon-Bibb County have yet to apply.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

December 11, 2019

More than 100 Macon businesses are in jeopardy of losing their alcohol licenses as of Jan. 1 unless the law is changed. The Macon-Bibb County Commission amended the alcohol code last year and set the license expiration date as Dec. 31 to align with the Georgia Department of Revenue. Applicants...

Security concerns arise after Municipal Court move

Bibb County sheriff's deputies no longer staff the Government Center metal detector after Municipal Court moved to the courthouse.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

December 10, 2019

Many Macon-Bibb County leaders and employees are more vulnerable to security threats now than ever before. The recent move of Municipal Court from Government Center to the courthouse means Bibb County sheriff's deputies no longer staff the metal detector in the building. Before consolidation, police...

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