Downtown Improvement Plan Fundraising Effort Launched

Staff Report

Tuesday, July 28th, 2020

At its meeting on Tuesday, July 21, the Macon-Bibb Commission approved a three-phase plan to improve Downtown parks and infrastructure that would be funded by a combination of public and private dollars. 

This includes the expansion of the greenspace at the intersection of Cotton Avenue and Second Street, a new roundabout at the intersection of Poplar and First Streets, and long-awaited and major improvements to Rosa Parks Square across from Government Center. 

As part of the changes, the Confederate monuments on First and Second Streets would be relocated to Whittle Park next to Rose Hill Cemetery.

“This is the morally, ethically, and just thing for us as a government to do as we continue to strengthen Downtown, the core of our county, by making it a place where all people feel like they belong and are welcomed,” says District 8 Commissioner Virgil Watkins. “This is a diverse community of people of all races, ages, and sexes, and they must all be considered when taking such bold action to improve the city they love.”

“We have is a chance to bring our community together by furthering efforts to create a Downtown that is inviting, welcoming, and friendly for all people,” says Macon-Bibb Mayor Robert Reichert. “This is a very challenging moment for many communities across the country, but I believe that if we can do something that will benefit all people, then we will be closer for it in the long run.”