New shopping mall, entertainment venue for Macon

A 152-storey hotel is planned with an entertainment area for 678 Poplar Street

MACON, Ga. – The developers of Downtown Macon have new projects that are almost a building site and a historic redevelopment project between the First and Second Paths.

Miller Heath III and Tim Thornton originally proposed to Central City Commons a few years ago at the Hyatt Place hotel, but the COVID-19 epidemic was accused of embezzling funds and killing alliance with Nts Authority. Urban development for car parking near City Hall. Heath and Thornton later built an integrated residential and shopping mall with a parking space behind City Hall, but UDA is now considering an agreement with another designer for a similar project. to provide parking for government vehicles.

Men have long dreamed of developing their own commercial center between Poplar and Plum, but now Opterra Capital’s real estate investment team has come up with their own idea.

That domestic collaboration of MMI-Thornton LLC and Opterra investors have applications before the Macon-Bibb County Planning and Labor Commission for a shopping mall, a multi-family building and shopping mall, a leisure center and a car park for my cars some 500. On Monday, the project failed to dissolve the Planning Review Board, which requested that some planning changes be introduced on April 18th.

With the necessary approval, construction of Crescent Commons residences could begin from next year, Opterra’s Chief Development Officer, Naomi Mirsky, told the Planning Review Board on Monday.

“We think this whole area will be a cohesive place with a lot of ways to unite the community,” Mirsky told the board.

He described a six-story apartment building, 230, shaped like U as “more modern and in line with current standards” and “more acceptable and warmer.”

But the board rejected the appearance of the central corner of Plum and Second Streets – where Larry Bush’s Riverside Tire is now located and the car park near Heath’s Crescent Building. The vacant lot was hosted at the Avid hotel in the first edition of Central City Commons.

“It feels great in the area. I will say so,” said Carrie Robinson of the DRB. “

DRB member Lauren Mauldin has expressed concern over the height of the building compared to one near Second Street southeast of Little Richard Penniman.

“If you go down the Second Street Corridor, from the middle, it’s flat, it’s flat,” said Mauldin. “And the first thing you see … it seems weird.”

Mirsky suggested that future developments would come even more Tuesday, away from Plum Street, in an area identified as “Mid-City Square.”

DRB staff also noted that the potential development of Mid-City “will begin less than 150 meters below Second Street, and is intended to be larger and taller than this building. . “

Mirsky said: “Think about how this is going to happen. This is the first time in a series that will happen in this area. We know this is where things go.”

The board voted to extend the accuracy of the application certificate until next month giving planners the opportunity to improve the translation to get the most out of what Robinson considers a “city rhyme.”

In the abandoned design, the first floor of the residential building would be a brick mix with the EFIS exterior, a stucco synthetic material known as Exterior Insulating Finish Systems. It will include the 6,500 square foot of the “national coffee shop” and 4,000 square-foot-gym that will offer members to non-residents. The remaining part of the basement will be 180 covered car parks, part of the basement as well as the national slope.

Shopping hotel, entertainment area

Walkways will connect the Crescent corners with a 75,000-square-foot hotel with six floors and large windows in front of 678 Poplar St. The 152-unit hotel will be separated from the real Thornton office in a courtyard-like manner that will have outdoor seating, many works of art. and a place of entertainment for musical performances.

The second part of the bar lobby story can open up downstairs, and they also plan to offer refreshments along the way.

Manufacturers are also looking for tax credits to repatriate the 1891 Newman Building with its long turret on the corner of First Street, which will serve as an event venue on a high-rise hotel by connecting the street is on the second floor. A dining room is planned for the basement.

Stephen Overcash, head of architecture at ODA Architecture from Charlotte, says the new hotel will honor Macon’s history as a railway town and include railway sections in the plan.

“It has a lot of great facilities in Macon so we’ve heard that a few details can help make it better,” Overcash told the board.

The building will integrate the bricks and EFIS panels into the main front sections, with brightly colored panels that control about a third of the facade.

Also, the board wanted to see an improved design, perhaps with more brick tones.

“There is something that can take vanilla out of those three pieces,” board member Will Stanford said.

Excess money objected: “Less vanilla and more chocolate.”

The team will appear before P&Z next week to apply for approval for the project before returning to the Planning Review Board with the requested design changes later this month.

In a promotional report released at Monday’s conference, the group said: “About 60,000 hotel guests a year and 500 apartment dwellers will provide new pedestrian traffic to nearby shops.”

Civic Journalism Senior Fellow Liz Fabian covers Macon-Bibb County government agencies and can be reached at or 478-301-2976.

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