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Neighbors help block developers’ plans in north Macon

The Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission considers rezoning a parcel at 5171 Bowman Road for an assisted living, memory care facility.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

December 10, 2019

About two dozen people packed into the Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission hearing Monday to oppose planned projects in north Macon. Residents of the Wesleyan Hills subdivision spoke against proposed rezoning of a nearly 10-acre tract of adjacent land from Single Family Residential...

New Macon Water Authority member has little time to get his feet wet

Sheddrick Clark, of Lizella, will serve as the District 2 representative on the Macon Water Authority until after the May 19th election.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

December 6, 2019

A little more than three weeks after the death of longtime Macon Water Authority board member Javors Lucas, Sheddrick Clark was sworn in to the District 2 seat. Clark, a Macon native who lives in Lizella, was appointed by Probate Judge Sarah Harris and will serve on the authority until a special election...

Luxury downtown condos, Sonny’s BBQ, assisted living memory care facility seek P&Z approval

Six luxury condos and an expanded Spa Medical location are planned for the old A.S. Hatcher Marine building at the corner of Third and Plum streets in Downtown Macon.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

December 5, 2019

A half-dozen new luxury condominiums will soon be going up at the corner of Plum and Third streets as part of the planned expansion of Spa Medical and Vein Specialists of the South. The Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission is expected to give final approval for the addition at its Monda...

Company plans $22 million renovation project for Vineville Christian Towers

Macon-Bibb County commissioners are poised to loan $400,000 to Weston Associates, a Boston firm that plans to purchase and renovate Vineville Christian Towers, which was the subject of residents' complaints last spring.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

November 27, 2019

Five months after senior citizens complained about poor living conditions at Vineville Christian Towers, a Boston company plans to spend nearly $22 million dollars to buy and renovate the 1972 high rise. Resident Jim Strong, 65, who has lived in the Vineville Avenue apartment building for five ye...

Drivers need to be aware of new crosswalk safety measures

A new Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon system awaits activation in November after the Georgia Department of Transportation installed the safety equipment on Eisenhower Parkway at C Street where a child was hit trying to cross the street in 2010.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

November 22, 2019

New traffic lights over a crosswalk will soon be commanding drivers to stop for pedestrians on Eisenhower Parkway. On a Sunday evening in May of 2010, 12-year-old Shuntraveious Napier was trying to cross the busy highway from C Street at Murphey Homes when he was hit by a pickup truck. Shuntraveious...

‘Pretty magical” as downtown Macon celebrates the holidays

Travis Jean Emporium owner Scott Mitchell looks at his decorated window on Cherry Street as downtown prepares for the holidays.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

November 18, 2019

As shoppers prepare for the biggest season of the year, downtown Macon entrepreneurs want to be on their lists. Santa, reindeer, elves and the Grinch already have committed to visit as business owners pool resources to come up with creative ways to lure folks into stores and restaurants. Emily...

Macon Sculpture Walk celebrates 6 public works of art

Artist Alex Mendez, of Decatur, Indiana, installed his sculpture,

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

November 15, 2019

Some First Street shops have a new landmark in downtown. A giant red and silver metal “X” sits across from the Macon City Auditorium on the sidewalk in front of the 567 Center for Renewal and the Wear thrift shop. “X marks the spot” is the creation of Alex Mendez of Decatur, Indiana, that...

Wellness time off for Macon-Bibb workers dies in committee

Macon-Bibb County workers compete in the tug-of-war at the 2019 Employee Wellness Field Day in May.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

November 13, 2019

For months, Macon-Bibb County commissioners Virgil Watkins and Elaine Lucas have been advocating for a little extra time off for county employees. Watkins, who chairs the Finance and Operations committee, originally proposed making Election Day a holiday to give workers the opportunity to vote and...

Can Macon-Bibb afford employee pay raises?

Can Macon-Bibb afford employee pay raises?

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

November 6, 2019

Most of the Macon-Bibb County Commission appears ready to approve an employee pay scale adjustment but the question remains whether the county can afford to pay workers more. In Tuesday’s pre-commission meeting, County Manager Keith Moffett estimated the salary hikes could cost the county up $6...

New downtown Macon music park debuts with encore of Sculpture Walk

Macon-Bibb County employees install  two xylophones and a set of bongo drums Monday in Turpin Park's new Music Sculpture Park on Third Street near Poplar.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

November 5, 2019

While traveling out of town, downtown Macon business owner Scott Mitchell took note of a music sculpture park he happened upon. "I fell in love with one and took a picture of it and Googled," said Mitchell, who is chairman of the Downtown Macon Community Association. The search led him to Freenotes...

Lynching memorial, bus, statue discussed for Macon’s Rosa Parks Square

The Friends of Rosa Parks Square Commission is focusing on finding funding for an estimated $3 million in improvements for the park across from the Government Center.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

November 1, 2019

Sprucing up Rosa Parks Square has been talked about for years but the quest has begun in earnest now that the Friends of Rosa Parks Square Commission officially convened Tuesday. One of the priorities of the commission is to raise funds to enhance the square. A few years ago, a public input meeting...

Got junk? Macon-Bibb County will haul it away for free

Macon-Bibb County normally charges an extra fee to pick up large items but those charges are being waived during a special Holiday Cleanup from Nov. 4 - Dec. 20.

November 1, 2019

As Maconites prepare for the holidays, Macon-Bibb County's Solid Waste Department has a special gift for the season. The county will not be charging extra fees to pick up most large items in the first "Holiday Community Cleanup" from Nov. 4 - Dec. 20. "We wanted to help people prepare their homes...

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