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Macon man intends to buy proposed abortion clinic site

An anti-abortion group says it has a plan to stop a women's health clinic coming to Walnut Street that would perform abortions.

An anti-abortion group says it has a plan to stop a women's health clinic coming to Walnut Street that would perform abortions.

Ann Beall with the anti-abortion Kolbe Center led the charge against Summit Medical Centers' plan to lease a building at 833 Walnut Street.

 “We heard back in May that an abortion clinic was coming to Macon, so we immediately mobilized,” said Beall.

She helped organize protests, made signs that read “Macon Says NO to Summit Center Abortion Business,“ and neighbors of the site filed a lawsuit to stop the clinic.

Krunal Patel owns Total Engineers off Walnut Street. He joined the lawsuit against the medical center because of safety concerns and the frequency of protests.

Patel says the building's owner now plans to sell it to a couple that will terminate Summit Medical Centers' lease.

Here's what we know about the intended sale so far --  Beall says a Macon doctor, Richard Rowe, who is also a board member of the Kolbe Center, is closing on the property.

Then she says Rowe plans to cancel Summit's lease agreement.

Beall says they’re still asking people to continue to keep their signs up in their yards because they suspect Summit Medical Centers could be looking for a new place in Macon-Bibb County.

“Our goal is to make it hard to move anywhere in the Central Georgia area,” said Beall.

After all of the work to scare this company away, Beall says they feel like they've had a small victory before the holidays.

We could not reach Richard Rowe for comment.

We also reached out to Tanya Little of Summit Medical Centers, but she did not return our phone calls.

Meanwhile, county tax commissioner Wade McCord says no one has filed documents with the county to register a sale of the Walnut Street site.

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