Lofts at Navicent in downtown Macon to hold groundbreaking ceremony

The official kickoff for the construction of the Lofts at Navicent in downtown Macon is scheduled for next week.

The community is invited to the groundbreaking ceremony for the $20 million project at 1 p.m. Tuesday, according to a news release from Navicent Health. It will take place at the corner of Rose Park and Orange Street. Parking for the ceremony is available on the street or in Navicent Health's yellow parking deck at 1014 Forsyth St.

The 88,000-square-foot mixed-use project that would include commercial, retail and residential uses was announced about seven months ago. The zoning commission agreed in July to rezone 781 Spring St. and a portion of 879 Rose Park to allow the development.

The five-story development will be built for Navicent Health on a 1.53 acre site by Macon-based Sierra Development. Plans call for 45 one-bedroom units and 15 two-bedroom units. About 20,000 square feet will be reserved for medical office space and 8,000 square feet for retail space.

Construction is slated to be completed by spring, 2017.

A number of businesses have already requested to be included on the ground floor, the release said.

"We are thrilled to begin this project and look forward to the benefits that it will have for local residents and our local economy," Navicent Health President/CEO Ninfa Saunders said in the release. "We envision a vibrant square with shopping, dining and service opportunities not only for Navicent Health's employees, patients and their loved ones, but also for local students and residents. This is one way that Navicent Health wants to give back to our community and its economy."

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