New lofts to incorporate historic Capricorn Studios in Macon

0
66
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Developers are getting ready to build the largest mixed-used property in downtown Macon.

On one of Macon’s busiest roads, a city block sits unoccupied — but not for long.

"The largest project we’ve had downtown has been the Dannenberg Lofts which was 64 units. The Capricorn Lofts are more than double that size of development," Josh Rogers, president and CEO of NewTown Macon, said.

He says plans are in place for a mixed-used, 128 unit loft spaces on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

"For it to be located in downtown, is really just an endorsement to all the partnerships that have gotten downtown back on track and helping to revitalize downtown," Rogers said.

The plan is to renovate the old Capricorn Studios building and pretty much rebuild the entire block on MLK Jr Boulevard between Poplar and Plum Streets. Representatives say it’ll be the largest downtown development in Macon.

"Mixed-used properties downtown is how downtown was originally developed. You had retail or offices on the ground floor and people living above, so it’s just the next evolution of staying true to that tradition."

It wasn’t uncommon for developers to renovate old, historical buildings and keep the exterior.

This time, Mercer University is planning on using the Capricorn Records studio for it’s original purpose — music — and incorporating it in their designs.

"The market conditions just weren’t right for that property to be redeveloped, but it was too important culturally and economically to just leave it to chance," Rogers said.

Private donors along with Mercer are helping bring the property back to life.

Rogers says the move is new to Macon, and the possibilities are endless.

"It’s a truly seminal pivot moment between historic redevelopment being the only way that downtown revitalization is possible to new build now being a part of what we’re going to see going forward," Rogers said.

There are plans to begin construction on the project in the early part of next year. There’s a news conference scheduled to announce how the music studio will be used this Thursday.

Previous articleWhat’s Right With Our Schools: Houston County Career Academy students get a jumpstart in their career using the ‘Move on When Ready’ program
Next articleHundreds attend Macon Black Pages’ Annual Business and Consumers Expo
(478) 745-4141 ext. 311 Skyler joined the 41 NBC News Team in April 2013. He anchors the news at 6 p.m. and also covers stories going on throughout the day. He was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Stone Mountain, Georgia, a suburb right outside of Atlanta. Before heading to Middle Georgia, Skyler worked as a stage manager for WSB- TV in Atlanta. Skyler graduated from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia in 2011 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Multimedia Communication. He went to school initially to be an architect, but one step inside of the student radio station changed everything. While at Georgia Southern, he was exposed to radio and television and became the Program Director of the student radio station and was a part of a team that received a Southeast Regional student Emmy for their work on the program "Inside Georgia Southern Football." Skyler anchored and reported for Georgia Southern University's "Eagle News." There he covered the 2010 midterm elections live as well as reported on stories in the community. In the Spring 2012, Skyler interned for Clear Channel in Los Angeles, California. Skyler is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. In his free time, you can find Skyler watching the latest movies and reading up on all things in Hollywood. He also loves spending time with his family and friends and finding inspirational quotes. He loves telling stories about politics, tax dollars at work in the community, and highlighting people and business who don’t normally get the spotlight. If you have any story ideas, email Skyler at shenry@41nbc.com.