Non-profit organization plans to revitalize Macon-Bibb historic community


MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A local organization is looking for ways to enhance the Macon-Bibb community.

If you’re passing through historic neighborhoods like Pleasant Hill, you may have noticed buildings that have not been used in years.

A local non profit organization is hoping to change that.

“These historic buildings are our bread and butter, they’re our life blood, they’re in our culture, they’re in our DNA,” says Ethiel Garlington, Executive Director of Historic Macon Foundation.

Their culture and DNA are what makes Macon so special. The Macon Historic Foundation don’t want the buildings to fade away and be forgotten. they believe these buildings are worth saving.

The organization revitalizes Macon by restoring buildings and sharing their history. The 2017 Fading Five, a list of endangered historic places in Macon-Bibb, was announced on Tuesday.

The list includes Bobby Jones Performing Arts Center in the Pleasant Hill neighborhood and the Guy E. Paine house in west Macon. The other three are in downtown which are the Train Recreation Center, A.E. Barnes Duplexes and the Cotton Avenue District.

Now that the places are identified, the foundation plans on turning them into thriving contributing buildings.

“Find a new owner who’s committed to saving it or work with the existing owner to save the building,” Garlington explains.

A $500,000 revolving fund will be accessible to the organization for redevelopment and addition resources. The option to save the non-renewable resources are what many local leaders look forward to.

Garlington says, “Once they’re gone, they can’t be replaced. We can’t build these places again.”

The Historic Macon Foundation is asking people to contact them to share ideas on the use of these buildings. Visit or call (478) 742-5084.




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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!