New bank building a few months from completion

Despite recent rains, construction of the newest building to be built in downtown Macon is slightly ahead of schedule.

The new 17,300-square-foot Capital City Bank building is taking shape at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Fifth Street.

“It’s coming along extremely well,” said Steve Jukes, Capital City’s community president for Bibb County.

“The weather since we broke ground has generally been very favorable for construction. Of course, there are not a great deal of comparable projects competing for subcontractors.”

The building is expected to be completed during the beginning of the first quarter of 2010, Jukes said. Macon-based Chris R. Sheridan & Co. is the general contractor.

The three-story brick building will include a full-service lobby on the ground floor and office and meeting space on the upper two floors. It will have five drive-through lanes, including an ATM lane.

“It’s a smart building and it’s a green building, and very, very highly energy efficient,” Jukes said. “Actually the design of the building accomplishes energy efficiency.”

The designer borrowed some elements from other downtown buildings to use in the bank building so it will “fit in with some of our historic buildings and also to fit in with existing buildings, like Gateway Plaza and the Peyton Anderson buildings,” he said.

The third floor features a covered balcony at the peak of the triangle.

“We are certainly looking forward to hosting folks up there to watch the Cherry Blossom Festival parade and for other events,” Jukes said.

Tallahassee, Fla.-based Capital City bought the property in 2007 from the Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority. It is the site of several former restaurants, the last of which was Willow on Fifth which closed in June 2006.

To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.