Plans for downtown Macon Hyatt hotel on hold

Plans for a Hyatt hotel along Poplar Street in downtown Macon are on hold due to funding issues and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Plans for a Hyatt hotel along Poplar Street in downtown Macon are on hold due to funding issues and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Macon Urban Development Authority Executive Director Alex Morrison says the project developer, MMI Thornton, could not secure funding for the project as the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Because of this, Morrison says the county officials voted to terminate the development agreement during a September 10th meeting.

The project called for a 120-room hotel, two parking garages and residential property along Poplar Street. Morrison says there are still efforts for the developer to complete the residential portion of the project.

Morrison says the next steps are uncertain due to the pandemic and how long it will last. However Morrison adds there are plans to push for development to move downtown Macon forward.

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Shelby Coates is an evening anchor/producer at 41NBC News. She anchors the 5, 5:30, and 6 evening newscasts. She also works behind the scenes producing the 5:00pm and managing newsroom assignments. She returns to 41NBC after working in Evansville, Indiana as the Morning/Noon Anchor and Executive Producer for WEVV. Shelby also spent time in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where she spent three years anchoring and producing the weekend morning newscasts at WSPA-TV. She also worked as a general assignment reporter, receiving several honors for her investigative and consumer reporting. Shelby has spent time working as a news anchor/reporter in Chattanooga, Tennessee; Macon, Georgia; and Abilene, Texas. Shelby is a native of Clarksville, Tennessee. She graduated from Abilene Christian University in Texas with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and Mass Communication and a minor in sociology. Shelby has a passion for empowering local communities, church ministry, public speaking, strengthening women and mentoring young people.