$70K grant will create new east Macon green space

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A new green space is coming to the edge of downtown Macon, and it will serve as a gateway to the Ocmulgee National Monument.

It's all part of the east Macon Mill Hill Arts Village, developed by the Macon Arts Alliance

The Macon Arts Alliance "refocused" their efforts on the arts village last year after terminating two artists who accused them of attempting to "gentrify" the neighborhood. 

JR Oliver was hired as their new Mill Hill Project Director who showed WMAZ the plans for the completed project. 

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"They're going to grade the land, re-sod, add some irrigation and then I think we're calling for about 30 trees, so a little grove of trees over here," says Oliver. 

What used to be a place for weeds and litter at the corner of Main Street and Coliseum Drive will soon serve as the gateway to a revitalized area of east Macon.

It's all thanks to a $70,000 grant awarded to the Macon Arts Alliance from the Community Foundation of Central Georgia. 

"This is sort of the front door to a larger, linear park that leads to the Ocmulgee National Monument, and our new upcoming community arts center that's in the rehabbed auditorium," says Oliver. 

Oliver says the Mill Hill East Macon arts village project is focused on revitalizing the most immediate section of east Macon that's closest to downtown. 

The plans for the completed Mill Hill project include the new green space, 16 renovated homes or parcels of land, a soccer field, fresh landscaping, and a community arts center. 

Oliver says they plan to break ground on the green space in January, and hope to have it finished in March before the Cherry Blossom Festival