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POPLAR STREET REVITALIZATION TO BEGIN THIS SUMMER
A new downtown development along Poplar Street will support a new hotel, loft living, retail space and two new, much-needed parking decks. The project is a public-private partnership which will provide significant parking to the Macon City Auditorium and provide a major
economic infusion and boost to the downtown core. Central City Commons, as it will be called, will be built in four project phases. Financing is anticipated in the Summer of 2017, and construction would be complete by Fall of 2018. The major project groups are: Parking Decks Project Group: This project will involve the construction of two parking decks. Parking Deck 1 will have 455 spaces and Parking Deck 2 will have 335 spaces and provide parking for the hotels, the City Auditorium and the public. Major Hotel Project: Central City Commons will include a 120-room hotel with a major national flag, and it will be operated by an experienced hotel management company. A boutique hotel is also included in the plans to be located in the Newman Building, on the corner of Poplar and First Streets. Mixed Use Project: This project is for 87 multi-family units and 21,000 square feet of retail space. The retail units will be leased to individuals, and the retail space will be sold to a development company specializing in retail.
FORMAT CHANGE FOR MERCER’S ANNUAL BEARSTOCK
Mercer’s annual Bearstock will have a different format in its 10th year, as the University’s student programming board, QuadWorks, recently announced that the event will take place in two parts. The traditional outdoor music festival, which is free and open to the public, will take place April 8 from 1-6 p.m. in Tattnall Square Park, followed by a ticketed concert for Mercer students and their guests from 8-11 p.m. in Hawkins Arena. “Bearstock: After Dark,” as the concert is being billed, will be headlined by rapper Waka Flocka Flame, DJ and producer DJ Mustard and electronic dance music (EDM) artist Gazzo. The concert is open to Mercer students, who are each allowed to bring up to two guests. Students get in free with their Mercer ID, and guests must purchase tickets for $5 each at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. The family-friendly, free outdoor music festival in Tattnall Square Park will feature five local and regional artists – Savannah Alday, Hindsight, Night Owl, Some Kids and Abby Henry – as well as food and merchandise vendors. “I’m excited that we’re able to provide a diverse group of artists this year. This is going to be a Bearstock to remember,” said Nate Flowers, president of QuadWorks.
04 MARCH 17 - 31, 2017
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Top 5 Tourist Must-Do’s 1.) The Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House Home to members of The Allman Brothers Band (ABB) from 1970 - 1973, explore the world’s largest collection of ABB memorabilia in the world. Walk in the rooms where famous ABB songs Blue Sky, Please Call Home, and Ramblin’ Man were written, see Duane Allman’s 1957 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop, gaze at a multitude of ABB’s gold records, and so much more. 2.) Ocmulgee National Monument Step back in time and visit this prehistoric Native American site. Ocmulgee has had 17,000 years of continuous human habitation and artifacts from the past are still present today. Explore the museum, venture outdoors to see the Earth Lodge with its original floor that dates back to 1015, and enjoy the nearly 700 acres of fields, forests, and wetlands. 3.) Tubman Museum This 49,000 square-foot museum is filled with unique art and history exhibits that celebrate the abundant history of African Americans. Pieces in the permanent collection include a mural that travels through time exploring the accomplishments of African Americans titled, “From Africa to America”. 4.) Hay House Lovingly dubbed “The Palace of the South,” the Hay House is an 18,000-squarefoot Italian Renaissance Revival mansion known for its style, craftsmanship, and technological innovations. The magnificent seven-story mansion includes Italian Carrara Marble fireplaces, central heating, and a speaker-tube system. 5.) The Rookery The Rookery has been making mouth-watering burgers and delicious milkshakes since 1976. This Macon staple provides a laid back and friendly atmosphere for locals and visitors alike.