Two years ago Wednesday, the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in downtown Macon closed its doors.

"Macon's got such a long history of musical roots here, and it's just unfortunate that the funding and support was not here to keep it in Macon," says Tim Thornton.

The museum opened in 1996, and once featured activities and exhibits showing off Georgia's musical legends, including Maconites like the Allman Brothers and Otis Redding.

But in its later years, attendance slowed, and after some groups tried last-ditch efforts to save the museum, they were voted down and the hall of fame closed after 15 years.

"When we lost, it was very disappointing," says Mike Ford of Newtown Macon who had tried to propose a way to keep the museum afloat.

Some of the museum's artifacts have been boxed. Others, like a painting of R.E.M., are in the Newtown Macon office.

But as for the building, a plan is in the works to have it live on in a new capacity.

Mercer University is planning on using the building to house a new clinic for its medical school.

The facility will house everything from internal medicine to cardiology, and have space to see and treat patients.

Although the inside will require major reconfiguration, they're keeping the basic structure intact.

Demolition of the inside is already underway, and construction will begin in July.

Mercer says their goal is to have the facility open to the public by July 2014.

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