Evergreen tree to signify progress of Capital City Bank building

Capital City Bank is ready to top out its new main office in downtown Macon.

A topping out celebration today signifies the placement of the last beam in construction of the new office at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Fifth Street. An evergreen tree will be placed on the highest beam of the building to symbolize growth and to bring luck. The evergreen will be taken down and cared for until time for landscaping when it will become a permanent part of the grounds.

The celebration event will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, 301 Cherry St., which is adjacent to the new building. Various local government officials and downtown advocates will join in the celebration, said Steve Jukes, Capital City’s community president for Bibb County.

The bank has leased its branch office at 455 Walnut St. since 2001, Jukes said.

All employees, about 30, will move from the current building into the new one, which has about 17,300 square feet of space, he said. Macon-based Chris R. Sheridan & Co. is the general contractor for the building that’s expected to be completed in January.

“Capital City owns the new building,” Jukes said. “That is still very much the motivation. ... We don’t have the parking spaces that we need (now), and we don’t think our ingress and egress is as convenient as it will be. We’re a first-class operation, and we think our clients and associates deserve a first-class facility.”

It’s been more than two years since Capital City bought the property for the bank building from the Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority for $800,000. The property is the site of the former Willow on Fifth restaurant, which closed in June 2006 and was torn down to make way for the bank.

Based in Tallahassee, Fla., Capital City Bank was founded in 1895 and has 68 banking offices and one mortgage lending office in Florida, Georgia and Alabama, according to the company’s Web site.