Macon-Bibb County Commissioners met and approved several new changes for the area.
Spring Street and Georgia Avenue realignment:
Bibb County commissioners voted to approve a grant that will go towards realigning Spring Street and Georgia Avenue. Alex Morrison of the Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority says the $30,000 grant will go towards engineering plans. Morrison says the project will add bike lanes and cross walks to help people get around more safely. He says the area sees a lot of cars and pedestrians with the Hay House and Mercer Law School right there.
“We really wanted to identify this as a key entry way into downtown since we're having more visitors to welcome people in in a more graceful way than shooting them out towards the interstate or letting them miss the beautiful assets that are around here,” says Morrison.
Morrison says the plans should be ready around the beginning of 2017.
Mattie Hubbard Jones Park final renovations:
The commission also approved phase two of renovations for Mattie Hubbard Jones Park. The $225,000 dollars of renovations would complete the park in the Vineville neighborhood. Macon-Bibb County Parks and Recreation say the renovations include new sidewalks, upgrading playgrounds and even a water fountain for pets. Commissioner Gary Bechtel says his district did not need the blight funds so he gave them to this project.
“It's been such a valuable part of that community, and if we can improve it give people in that area opportunities to be outside kids to play get them off the street safety it’s well worth the expense,” says Bechtel.
Bechtel says these improvements can help reduce the crime in the area.
Plans for a new fire station on Napier Avenue:
Macon-Bibb is moving forward with plans to build a fire station on Napier Avenue. The commission approved $160,335 of funds to prepare a site on Napier Avenue. The funds will go towards knocking down blighted homes and clearing the land. Commissioner Al Tillman says after construction is complete, the Breezy Hill fire station will move into this new location.
“I think it’s going to help reduce crime. It’s going to improve the area in the neighborhood and businesses on Napier. We're asking them to help also improve their neighborhood their area as well, and I’ve talked to a number of businesses that are excited its coming,” says Tillman.
Tillman also announced at the meeting that the area will be getting a new precinct on Pio Nono. He says construction should begin in the next thirty days.
Mary Grace Shaw, 13WMAZ