Transit authority building nearing demolition phase

Workers have removed several large windows from the former Macon Transit Authority facility on Riverside Drive, preparing the building for demolition.

Next will come the actual tearing down of brick and mortar, city officials said, with plans to complete the job within a few weeks.

“It should be fairly quickly,” said Andrew Blascovich, director of external affairs for Mayor Robert Reich-ert.

The property, which is owned by the Macon-Bibb Urban Development Authority, will be cleared so that it can be made available for residential use. The city is paying for the work. Conceptual plans by one Macon developer call for the site to host upscale apartment or condominium living that overlooks the Ocmulgee River. Officials also hope to relocate the city’s Central Services Department, which borders the property.

Transit authority officials previously based their administrative and maintenance operations at the Riverside Drive location, which is near the intersection with Spring Street. Over the past year, the administration moved to new offices in the Terminal Station.

Maintenance work was shifted to a location near the city’s vehicle maintenance department.

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