Newtown Macon reveals new businesses and lofts coming to downtown

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Downtown Macon is full of new possibilities. Residents took a tour of the city streets on Wednesday to see them first hand.

“You know we walked around downtown, and you don’t notice the new things that are happening. But, when you go on a tour like this you see all the fabulous thing that are happening,” said resident Leslie Coia.

Behind some of downtown’s oldest structures lie a slew of new soon to be occupied spaces.

“There’s going to be a steady stream of some of these projects coming on line,” said Newtown’s CEO Josh Rogers.

Organizers want to open the eyes of residents.

“It just really brings it to life when you’re able to see a building–especially one that’s been neglected for a while and you actually see the construction crews there,” Rogers continued.

The organization’s annual Tour of Progress showed community members exactly what’s coming.

“I learned so much about the new businesses that are coming and how many new lofts,” said Coia.

Nearly a dozen new businesses and commercial loft spaces are under construction.

“Some of the ones we toured today were 520 Mulberry Street–which is gonna be 12 loft apartments, next door 524 Mulberry Street is two loft apartments, just up the street the old Lawrence Mayor building that’s 10 loft apartments, and across the street there are two going in,” Rogers said.

Those loft spaces are selling fast.

“Just walking around I always thought ‘oh my gosh there are so many lofts, who’s going to rent them?’ But it turns out, they go on the market and they’re rented in a week,” Coia added.

A walk around the city revealed some progress that may have been overlooked–and left people excited to see the finished product.

Rogers says many of those construction projects in downtown will be finished in the coming weeks including Oliver’s Corner Bistro and Roasted Cafe and Lounge.

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