A resolution to buy up available land on the proposed site of Mid City Square, at the corner of Second and Pine streets, is headed for a final vote by Macon City Council after a nod Monday from the councils Ordinances & Resolutions Committee.
The new square is part of Macon Mayor Robert Reicherts plan to turn Second Street into a walkable commercial corridor. A tentative plan for the square calls for green space in the center, bounded by 570,000 square feet of apartments, retail space, offices and hotels in L-shaped developments on each corner, said Clay Murphey, Second Street project coordinator.
Three of the four corner lots are now for sale. Murphey said he expects the purchases could take place within 18 months. The fourth parcel is the home of Wilson Electric, and owner Roger Wilson has said he doesnt want to sell.
Also on the council agenda for Tuesday night is approval for restaurateur Kiron Johnson to sell beer at the snack bar of the citys Bowden Golf Course. A resolution up for a final vote alters his contract to permit him to seek a beer license.
In July, the council approved a contract with Johnson to run the snack bar. The deal lets him operate it rent-free for one year, with a subsequent annual rent set at 10 percent of his first years revenue.
Soon afterward, the council directed the city to fix the ventilation system in the snack bar, which had prevented previous tenants from cooking food on site.
Pending Tuesday-afternoon approval by the councils Community Resources & Development Committee, the council will vote to give $120,000 in federal funds to Rebuilding Macon for minor home repairs. The agency fixes up houses for the low-income elderly and disabled, relying in part on federal funds such as the $120,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development.
Macon police are asking to shift $1,600 from one budget line to another, in order to fix a glass door, toilet and air-conditioner compressor at various police facilities.
The ordinance allowing the change passed the councils Appropriations Committee 4-0 Monday, with Councilman Virgil Watkins absent.
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