Tuesday is the last day of public meetings about the redesign of Second Street, concluding with a presentation for Macon City Council members and the general public.
Consultants CHA/Huntley Partners held a design charette that began Friday and continued through the weekend, seeking to gather ideas for the Second Street project.
The charette has been held in the Armory Ballroom, 484 First St., and the results of that collection of meetings will be presented there from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The presentation will conclude six work sessions -- and several other meetings from the past few months -- that have gathered input about how residents, business owners and community leaders see the area being revitalized and what is needed to make it happen, Macon mayoral spokesman Chris Floore said in a city news release.
Floore attended a session Saturday morning, and said there were about 20 people there. Consultants gave them all poster-sized maps of Second Streets proposed course, and asked participants to draw in what features theyd like to see develop, he said.
The special purpose local option sales tax Bibb County voters passed last November includes $8 million to build a curving connector between Second Street and Little Richard Penniman Boulevard, creating an avenue that will link east Macon through downtown to Mercer University. But thats only the first phase: Over several years, Macon Mayor Robert Reichert wants to turn that stretch into a pedestrian-friendly, landscaped showpiece lined with shops and offices, with development spilling over to surrounding areas.
CHA/Huntley Partners was hired to develop a master plan for the corridor, and the design charette is part of that planning effort.
The redirected Second Street will connect Coliseum Medical Centers and the Macon Coliseum on the east side of the Ocmulgee River with downtown, The Medical Center of Central Georgia and Mercer in a continuous corridor.
Floore said the intent is to beautify and enhance surrounding neighborhoods, rather than isolating and disrupting them.
To contact writer Jim Gaines call 744-4489.