Proposal for future plans of Alexander IV presented

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The mayor and the Macon-Bibb Commission heard from Historic Macon Foundation on Tuesday about a plan to reconstruct an eighty-four year old building.

Historic Macon Foundation selected a proposal for the redevelopment of Alexander IV. It will create new jobs and a become a new home for the elderly.

Since 1932, Alexander IV has been in the Ingleside neighborhood. It’s a building that many residents want to see re-purposed.

In April, Historic Macon held a public meeting to gather input on future uses of the building; turning the historic building into a senior living facility was the outcome of the meeting.

“This will be an 8.8 million dollar project for Macon and it will create 30 permanent jobs at the senior living facility,” says Executive Director of Historic Macon Ethiel Garlington.

Dover Development Corporation, a firm out of Tennessee submitted a proposal to re-develop the building and build a compatible new wing.

Garlington ensures transforming the building into a senior living facility will be safe.

“There’s not a lot of traffic, there’s not a lot of parking on the parcel and so it will be a real compatible use and it will be almost similar to where it was when it was a school,” he continues.

With the help from Commissioner Mallory Jones, Historic Macon Foundation was able to purchase Alexander IV from Macon-Bibb County Board of Education using blight bond funds.

Garlington adds using the funds will have community input throughout the process.

Garlington says,”The developer will actually buy it from the Land Bank Authority and that money will go back into the blight funds and it hopefully get revolved a little bit more.”

Once the proposal is approved, Historic Macon will work with Dover Development to schedule a public meeting to present rehabilitation plans to the community.

Construction is anticipated to begin spring 2017 and expected to be completed in late 2018.

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(478) 745-4141 ext. 303 Karlisha Booze joined the 41NBC news team in October 2013 as the producer for 41 TODAY. A year later, reporting for Channel 17, the Bibb County School District channel, was added to her responsibilities. Born and raised in Macon, Karlisha is proud to be in her hometown doing what she loves to do. Karlisha's passion for news began in elementary school where she anchored the school's morning news and got an opportunity to try out for the Junior Journalists at WMAZ. She also performed in commercials with Kids Voting Georgia, for Bibb County and Cox Communications. Prior to working at 41NBC, she was a news intern at WGXA and was later hired as a production assistant and worked as a fill-in anchor/producer for the station's morning news broadcast. Karlisha graduated from Middle Georgia College in 2009 with an Associate of Arts (Communications), from Fort Valley State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communications), and from Ashford University in 2014 with a Master of Arts (Organizational Management). She is currently pursuing a Doctorate focusing on Business Administration. In her free time, she enjoys writing poetry and spending time with family and friends, especially her son, Ka'Dence. If you have any story ideas, please pass them along!