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College Hill Corridor / Mercer Village Master Plan Implementation Matrix

short-term = first 2 years medium-term = 2-5 years long-term = 5+ years

Priority Projects Indicated by: 

The Basics: Clean, Safe and Branded Priority?

Number

Timeframe

Action

Notes

Keep it Clean 

1.1

Expand recycling and composting

1.2 1.3

Provide more trash receptacles Create a College Hill BID Keep it Safe Expand the presence of bicycle police Track and coordinate police data between City of Macon and Mercer

1.4 1.5

short-term short-term medium-term short-term medium-term

1.6

Encourage community policing and safety initiatives

short-term

1.7

Offer a guaranteed ride home at night

1.8

Expand Corridor lighting and upgrade to LED

1.9 1.10

medium-term long-term

medium-term short-term

1.11

Undertake an LED yard lighting program Bring emergency telephones to the corridor Tell People Where They Are Create an annual calendar of events

1.12

Develop a student-produced guide to Macon

short-term

1.13

Create and distribute reusable CHCC shopping bags/totes

short-term

short-term

1

KNC grant - Composting Analysis and Design for Mercer Village; KNC grant - Let it Rot!; KNC grant - Composting in the Corridor; KNC grant - Corridor Event Recycling Bins

KNC grant - Cops On the Hill CHA receives daily crime statistics from Macon PD CHA supports Neighborhood Watch Coordinator, Neighborhood Associations and InTown Zone Captains; Safety in the Corridor pamphlets and magnets; KNC grant - Retired and Senior Volunteer Program for Community/Public Safety Zingo; Trolleys available for Mercer students that run from campus to downtown Wednesday-Saturday KNC grant - "Lights on College" - A Night-time Walking Tour; KNC grant - We'll Leave the Light On!

Macon Arts Alliance has created Ovations365.com Mercer students created CollegetownMacon.com - needs to be updated and maintained KNC and College Hill totes have been produced and distributed throughout the community


1.14

Create an integrated signage / wayfinding system

medium-term

1.15

Make a new Living History map

medium-term

KNC grant - Branding the Corridor with permanent signs, banners, and bike racks KNC grant - Living History Map

Timeframe

Notes

medium-term

Annual Magnolia Street Soapbox Derby Festivals in Mercer Village, Second Sunday Concert Series Mercer Village merchants stay open later during festivals KNC grant - Going on a Bear Hunt: College Hill Trail of Bears Mercer Reading Festival in Tattnall Square Park

The Vibe: College Town Cool Priority?

Number 2.1

Reinforce the arts and add new events to the calendar Create a race on the hill!

2.2

Parties in the streets!

2.3

Organize and market a weekly “open late” night

medium-term

2.4

Put artists to work

medium-term

2.5 2.6

Take reading (and music) to the streets Convert vacant storefront space for artist live / work space Develop affordable arts space in the upper floors of mixeduse building Encourage roving galleries of local artists Transform key blank spaces into canvases Expand neighborhood engagement with Mercer

short-term medium-term

2.7 

Action

2.8 2.9

short-term

long-term short-term short-term

2.10

Encourage more Service-Learning Projects

short-term

2.11

Develop a scavenger hunt for incoming Mercer students

short-term

2.12 2.13

Offer Mercer Bucks discounts for area businesses Offer student night at cultural spots Recruit local students for Bear Bike bike mechanic workshops

medium-term long-term

2.15

Encourage new courses to serve the broader community

medium-term

2.16

Consider a Neighbors Bear Card

medium-term

2.17

Market Mercer sports and music events

2.14

medium-term

short-term

2

KNC grant - Milady's Cleaners Façade Fix CHA working with Mercer faculty to facilitate servicelearning projects 2009: College Hill's Downtown Look Around; 2010: Bike the Corridor Scavenger Hunt Impulse Card; Shoplocalmacon.com coupons

Bear Bikes program operates through Mercer University CHA working with Mercer faculty to facilitate courses with community service components Potential Neighbor Card for Mercer Village CHA promotes Mercer events through its online media; College Hill flash mob


The Connection: Cooling the Streets Priority?

Number

Action

3.1

3.2

Install bike parking in the College Hill Corridor

3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7

Add bike boxes at intersections Institute a Bikes for Cars program at Mercer Expand bike sharing Bike Macon Bike Establish an education/Bike Ambassador program

3.8

Offer discounts for bike riders

3.9 3.10

Sponsor a Bike to Work Week Encourage a student-run pedicab business

3.11 3.12 3.13

Bury the utilities Widen sidewalks Create a Brick Sidewalk Rehab/Repair Program

Timeframe

Connect Mercer to Downtown and Create a Bicycling Community Stripe separated and shared bike lanes in the College Hill Corridor

short-term short-term

Notes

Sharrows run through College Hill 21 College Hill bike racks installed throughout College Hill and downtown Macon

short-term short-term short-term medium-term medium-term short-term

Local business owners have given free and discounted items to bikers at end of ride through College Hill Corridor

medium-term long-term

Improve the Pedestrian Experience  

short-term short-term medium-term

Reduce the traffic and parking demand at Mercer 

3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18

Bring car sharing to Macon Embrace bicycling for students and faculty Enhance the Parking Permit Program Create a Parking Cashout/Carpool program Enhance Transit

short-term short-term short-term short-term medium-term

City of Macon has new public buses

Create a connected Medical Network 

3.19 3.20 3.21

Encourage walking among employees/patients/visitors Reduce parking demand Improve transit around Hospital

short-term short-term long-term

Make Youthful Connections 

3.22

Improve sidewalks and crosswalks around schools, parks and museums

short-term

3

$1 million GDOT Transportation Enhancement grant awarded for improvements to Tattnall Square Park along College St.


 

3.23 3.24 3.25

Encourage kids/parents to walk to school Increase bike parking at schools Leverage Safe Routes to School funding

short-term short-term short-term

Keep the Connections Going 3.26

Improve the Connection to the Hilton Garden

3.27 3.28 3.29

Continue Bicycle Connections to the West medium-term Plan for a connection to Tindall Heights medium-term Integrate Pedestrian/Bicycling Accommodations on the South Downtown medium-term Connector

 

3.30 3.31

Install roundabouts at key intersections Integrate left-turn channelization

short-term short-term

3.32

Install bumpouts and change curb radii

short-term

3.33 3.34

Make traffic signal modifications Remove Georgia Department of Transportation Jurisdiction

short-term short-term

short-term

Coordinated marketing efforts between CHA and Hilton Garden Inn

Intersection Improvements Coleman Ave. bumpouts installed; Mercer Village street calming

The Environment: A City within a Park Priority?

Number

Timeframe

Action

Notes

Re-Plant the Public Realm 

4.1

Fill the gaps in the urban forest

4.2 4.3 4.4

Develop a locally enforced tree ordinance Upgrade retention walls as living walls Integrate stormwater management into the streetscape Strategically Improve Park Space

short-term medium-term medium-term medium-term

4.5

Improve Tattnall Square as a centerpiece of College Hill

medium-term

4.6 4.7 4.8

Re-design Daisy Park Create a new entry plaza to the churches Create a new City Hall civic plaza

long-term medium-term long-term

4

KNC grant - Neighborhood Tree Nurseries ; KNC grant Oglethorpe ReLeaf KNC grant - Tree Ordinance for a Greener Macon

KNC grants - Tattnall Square Park Improvements: Design Phase, College Street/Tattall Square Park Improvements; $1 million GDOT Transportation Enhancement grant awarded for improvements to Tattnall Square Park along College St.; Establishment of Friends of Tattnall Square Park


Create an urban exercise trail 

4.9 4.10 4.11 4.12

Add trail amenities to key streets Make Riverside Drive more pedestrian friendly Make it safer to cross to the Ocmulgee Trail Improve the Dog Park

short-term long-term long-term medium-term

4.13

Link to the Booker T. Washington Recreation Center

medium-term

4.14

Add pedestrian amenities to Rose Park

medium-term

KNC grant - Tyler's Place Dog Park Improvements College Hill bike rack on site; further collaboration needed with STONE Academy

The Look: Macon's Urban and Historic Center Priority?

Number

5.1 5.2 5.3

Encourage a Sustainable Community Market small spaces to small businesses Recruit to fill retail niches Expand the Market on the Green

5.4

Promote green building

short-term

5.5

Work to keep the Macon Health Club open

short-term

5.6

Build for a mix of incomes

short-term short-term medium-term

medium-term

5.9

Develop for Impact Add density and a mix of uses to Mercer Village Redevelop Mercer owned properties along College Street for new student housing Explore opportunities to create a better senior center

5.10

Fill the critical gaps between the University and Downtown

5.11

Redevelop the Post Office parking lot for retail and housing Encourage redevelopment of the block between Hardeman and Georgia Proactively market long-term development opportunities

5.7

5.8

Timeframe

Action

5.12 5.13 93

short-term

Notes Rodeo Beach in Mercer Village Rodeo Beach in Mercer Village Mulberry St. Market Historic Macon uses environmentally-friendly building practices Historic Hills & Heights work in Beall's Hill - low and moderate income homes built and sold Lofts at Mercer Village: Phase I and II

short-term long-term medium-term

total recommendations

5

long-term medium-term long-term

Phillips 66 site being redeveloped into independent pharmacy; Post Office Annex building is site of new market Post Office Annex building is site of new market Post Office Annex building is site of new market


College Hill Corridor Master Plan Implementation Matrix