Save the Date for Make-End, Macon's Inaugural Maker Festival!
Experience Central Georgia's first maker festival, November 14-15 in Macon, Georgia. Designed to be similar to the World's Fair, maker festivals showcase the latest innovations of today and tomorrow. These events bring together makers, who are people that create original works and range from engineers to artists, to connect them with one another and the community. The festival is supplemented with large-scale attractions, speakers and food vendors.
Thanks to a generous grant from ArtPlace America, the College Hill Alliance is organizing Make-End, Macon's debut maker festival, this fall. Check for updates on the website Make-End.com as its developed, and we issue a call for makers to participate as well as release our schedule of events for this exciting, all-ages event.
Bike, Craft and Be Cherry
Join College Hill for another awesome cycling opportunity! There's two parts to this event:
Bike the Parade - Sunday, March 22, 1:30pm: Meet us at the College Hill office for a ride to Susan G. Komen to present the donation. Afterwards, ride with us in the Cherry Blossom Festival parade, which starts at 3pm. Don't forget to wear your pink and bring your lantern!
The Fountain Returns to Tattnall!
Friends of Tattnall Square Park, the all-volunteer group of residents leading the restoration of the historic city park, announced funds have been committed to recreate and install the Centennial Tattnall Square Park Fountain. The funders will be the Knight Neighborhood Challenge, Piedmont Construction Group, Sierra Development Corporation, Mercer University and Friends of Tattnall Square Park. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the park’s restoration in 1915, Friends of Tattnall Square Park has engaged in a wide-ranging effort to fully restore the park by 2015.
Within the last two years, Friends of Tattnall Square Park has worked closely with Mercer University, the Knight Foundation, the College Hill Alliance, the city of Macon and the state of Georgia to bring more than $2.3 million in investment to the park. The return of the historic 1914 fountain lies at the heart of Tattnall Square Parks’s restoration.
Other projects currently underway include a privately-funded festival plaza, a natural performance stage with sun sail shades, a grand entrance that includes the historical arched sign and pillars, completion of the perimeter sidewalk with traffic-calming bump-outs along Oglethorpe Street, completion of the arboretum sidewalk through the rain garden and an entrance patio, pillars and extension of the curb line at Oglethorpe and Adams. More information can be found here.
The Lofts at Mercer
Mercer University, along with the College Hill Alliance and Macon-Bibb County broke ground construction on the University’s latest student lofts project on February 4, 2015.
The Lofts at Mercer will be located across Mercer University Drive from Mercer Stadium. The complex, which is set to be completed in summer 2016, will include apartment-style student housing, first-floor office space for the University and a large parking deck. Additionally, a signature pedestrian bridge over Mercer University Drive is being partly funded by Macon-Bibb County as a component of the Second Street Corridor revitalization project.
A new hotel and restaurants are slated for the block adjacent to The Lofts at Mercer. Details about that new development will be announced at a later date. The project is being built by Macon-based commercial development firm Sierra Development, which constructed Phases I, II and III of the Lofts at Mercer Village, as well as The Lofts at College Hill that will open behind the U.S. Post Office on College Street in fall 2015.
When construction of The Lofts at Mercer is complete, more than 800 beds of student housing will have been added to the Macon campus since 2011, with a combined investment of more than $100 million in the five lofts projects and hotel-restaurant development in the College Hill Corridor.