Macon council members getting update on Second Street project

June 26, 2012 

Macon City Council members will get an update Tuesday afternoon on the Second Street Corridor project, one of Mayor Robert Reichert’s long-term priorities for the city.

Reichert wants to turn the street into a green, pedestrian-friendly corridor. It would connect Macon’s major employment and activity centers, from Mercer University and The Medical Center of Central Georgia to the central business district, the Macon Coliseum and beyond.

At 5 p.m., a team from CHA & Huntley Partners will present the results of the first phase of their work to develop a master plan for the corridor, according to a release from the city. They will also discuss the next steps during Phase II.

The first phase of the project, a curving new section to link Second Street with Little Richard Penniman Boulevard, would get about $8 million, according to early plans. That would buy the needed rights-of-way and complete design work, among other costs, Reichert has said.

During the first phase of a year-long process, members of the team hosted community meetings and met with individuals and organizations. Discussions centered on what Macon needs, what resources were available, what challenges needed to be met and what they wanted Macon to be.

Development of a master plan and the initial work on the project is being funded by the sales tax initiative that Bibb County voters passed last year.

Tonight’s meeting will be streamed live online at www.cityofmacon.net and on Channel 14.

A project in Greenville, S.C., provided inspiration for the Second Street initiative. There, a barren highway was reworked to attract residents, foot traffic and restaurants.

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