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Events Calendar

Second Sundays are a College Hill Corridor signature. Every Sunday of the month, from March until November, expect one of the best community picnics in Macon featuring live music in beautiful Washington Park. With children splashing in the fountains, a hands-on art project led by Macon Arts and a laid-back gathering featuring music listeners from every walk of life, Second Sunday is an event showcasing Macon at its finest. The concerts are free to attend and feature a cash bar and food available for purchase, or you can bring your own. Picnics, lawn chairs and pets are welcome. Second Sunday Brunch takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. in March, April and May. Second Sunday at Sunset takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. in June, July, August and September. Check back often for the updated schedule of performers. For booking, catering or sponsorship inquiries, please contact the College Hill Alliance office. If you are a musicians interested in playing Second Sunday, please send us two songs and a brief explanation on why you want to play at the community event.

Current Second Sunday Schedule:

March 13 (1-3 p.m.): Romantica

April 10 (1-3 p.m.): Saint Francis – followed by the Magnolia Street Soapbox Derby!

May 8 (1-3 p.m.): EG Kight

June 12 (7-9 p.m.): The Grapevine

July 10 (7-9 p.m.): The Donna Hopkins Band

August 14 (7-9 p.m.): Back City Woods

September 11 (7-9 p.m.): Gringo Grande followed by Jubee and the Morning After

October 9 (1-3 p.m.): Fitzmaurice

November 13 (1-3 p.m.): Karen Bivins and the Finesse Band

Big Screen Movie Nights are hosted in conjunction with the Macon Film Festival and bring the big silver screen to the great outdoors. Free outdoor movie events take place in spring, summer and fall in various outdoor locations in the Corridor and surrounding downtown. Movies are often shown in Tattnall Square Park but have also been shown in Riverside Cemetery, Coleman Hill, Waterworks Park, the Terminal Station and the Beall’s Hill Community Garden. Movie-goers are encouraged to bring snacks, blankets and lawn chairs. Check the calendar for upcoming movies and locations.

Third Thursday’s Party in the Village is organized by the Mercer Village merchants every third Thursday of the month as a block party featuring food and drink specials, live music, outdoor entertainment and a student and “Shop Local Macon” marketplace. Montpelier Avenue is closed from 5 to 10 p.m., so patrons can stroll or bike freely among the restaurants and stores.

Magnolia Street Soapbox Derby takes place following the Second Sunday Brunch concert every April. Soapbox racing teams vie for trophies for the fastest car and most creative structure. The timed racing event takes place on Magnolia Street’s hill. For the 2011 rules, regulations and an application, visit bit.ly/soapboxapp2011.

Cotton Avenue Revival Mural will feature the work of the mural contest winner. They, along with local students and volunteers, will create a historical mural on the south wall located at 841 Forsyth Street. The theme of the mural is “Celebrating the History of Cotton Avenue Merchants and Community Leaders.” Look for signs of the mural’s construction and opportunities to paint a portion of this public art in the Corridor!

Call for Surveying and Engineering Services

College Hill Alliance, acting as agent for the Corporation of Mercer University, is soliciting written expressions of interest from qualified firms interested in providing total surveying services and civil engineering services for the Transportation Enhancement project known as the College Street Streetscape Enhancement (#0010667).

Expressions of interest should be emailed to Reshanda Walker at  oqxeuva@collegehillmacon.com and include (1) firm name, address, telephone number (2) contact person, and (3) email address to which RFP will be sent.
Expressions of interest must be received by not later than 5:00 p.m., Monday, October 10, 2011, to ensure inclusion in the bidders list. It is expected the RFP will be issued by October 14, 2011. Questions should be addressed to Patrick Madison at oqxeuva@collegehillmacon.com.

Big Screen Movie Night in Riverside Cemetery

Come out to Riverside Cemetery and enjoy a free flick under the stars on Wednesday, October 19 at 7 p.m. Join us at the historic cemetery for Hocus Pocus, a family-friendly Halloween favorite. Don’t forget to bring your friends, lawn chairs and blankets! This outdoor movie is presented by the Historic Riverside Cemetery Conservancy, Macon Film Festival, and College Hill Alliance.
The event is part of Spirits in October at Riverside Cemetery. For more information on all the events, click here.

Where is the Corridor?

The College Hill Corridor, a two-square-mile area between Mercer University and Macon, Georgia’s downtown business district, is comprised of several historic city neighborhoods. A mix of both residents and commercial developments, the Corridor spans from Mercer University to Riverside Drive, along the main vein of College Street, and is bordered by 1-75 and Downtown Macon’s New Street.

The College Hill Corridor is located 18 minutes from Robins Air Force Base and just over an hour from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

From Warner Robins / Robins Air Force Base: Take Highway 247 North approximately 15 miles to the ramp onto I-75 North. Travel less than three miles to Exit 163, Mercer University. Turn right off of the exit onto Mercer University Drive. Take your first left, entering the Mercer University campus via Stadium Drive. Stay on Stadium Drive to Montpelier Avenue. Go right on Montpelier to enter the Corridor at Mercer Village.

From Downtown Atlanta: Take I-75 South approximately 90 miles to Exit 164, Hardeman Avenue. Cross Hardeman Avenue (one-way) and turn left onto Forsyth Street. You are now in the Corridor, approaching the College Street gateway.

Click here for a Google Map of the Corridor.

College Hill Celebration

Please join us for this exciting meeting!
Tuesday, October 25, 5:30 p.m., Cox Capitol Theatre (382 Second St.)
Celebrate the accomplishments of the College Hill movement and discuss its future. A new College Hill video will be debuted at the meeting along with a printed report to the community. The event is open to the public and, we extend a special invitation to our partners involved in making the College Hill Corridor a better place to live, work and play. Refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m., with the program beginning at 6 p.m.

Master Plan

Developed by Philadelphia’s Interface Studio after numerous public meetings to gather community input, the College Hill Corridor Master Plan concentrates on five areas that makes living in the Corridor like no other community in Macon. With regular, cool events enhancing the area’s Vibe; greenspace and eco-conscious initiatives that improve the Environment; cycling and pedestrian efforts to cool the streets and meet the multi-modal goals of the Connection; residential and business developments targeting progress and preservation in restoring, maintaining and sustaining the Look as Macon’s urban and historic center; and initiatives and projects dedicated to the Basics of the Corridor as a place that is clean, safe and branded, College Hill is an ideal area to live, work, learn, dine, shop and play.

To see the progress of the College Hill Alliance in accordance with the Master Plan, read the Alliance’s Activity Report.

Download the entire Master Plan (214 pages)

Download the Executive Summary (17 pages)

Funding Announced for Improvements to Tattnall Square Park and College Street

A $1 million Georgia Department of Transportation grant to the City of Macon for improvements to Tattnall Square Park along College Street was announced at a news conference on June 3 by Macon Mayor Robert Reichert and State Transportation Board member Jim Cole. The funds are part of the Transportation Enhancement grant program, which supports projects that make cities more pedestrian and bike-friendly, beautify landscapes and restore historical sites.
The renovations to Tattnall Square Park will focus on College Street from Oglethorpe Street to Coleman Avenue and will include a retaining wall, streetscape enhancements, and three elevated crosswalks. Parallel parking along both sides of the street as well a bike lane and new sidewalk along the park will also be added. The College Hill Alliance will act as project manager for this public-private partnership once the funds are received, with completion of the project scheduled to occur within 18 to 24 months.
To view and download a concept drawing of the Tattnall Square Park and College Street improvements, visit http://bit.ly/tspconceptmap. To watch a video of news conference, click here.

 

The Bike Store is Open for Business!

Celebrate the grand opening of The Bike Store in Mercer Village with an official ribbon-cutting and press conference on Thursday, March 4 at 11:15 a.m. There will be free food from Mercer Village restaurants, the opportunity to register to win a mountain bike and the Mercer Cyclist will lead a bike ride from the new store to downtown for lunch, immediately following the event.

The newly opened bike retail and repair business re-located its Macon store from Northside Drive to 1305 Linden Ave., a 3200-square-foot space next door to the Georgia Public Broadcasting Studio. The press conference will also feature news on the partnership of the 1st Annual Macon Cycling Classic with Bragg Jam’s Moonlights Miles 5K Fun Run, slated for May 1, 2010 around Tattnall Square Park.

Business Opportunities

An integral part of the College Hill Corridor movement is boosting the local economy by attracting business and retail into the area. The staff of the College Hill Alliance administers a variety of professional resources available to existing Corridor businesses and other businesses willing to locate within the Corridor. This includes a market analysis capability as well as a consultation on business development, marketing and available tax credits.

The Alliance also tracks key available commercial properties being offered for sale in the Corridor. Contact the College Hill Alliance office to find out what is currently available. With available commercial properties, tax incentives and a diverse surrounding work force, College Hill is an ideal community for enterprise.

Direct recruitment efforts have resulted in the relocation of an established bicycle store from the suburbs to the Corridor in March 2010 and the attraction of an urban apparel store to Mercer Village in March 2011. In April 2010, Sierra Development broke ground on the Lofts at Mercer Village, a $10 million mixed-use development that will feature loft-style student apartments, three locally owned businesses – Fountain of Juice, Margarita’s Mexican and Designer Tan – and a Barnes & Noble bookstore. With Phase I complete, the second phase of the Lofts at Mercer Village is currently under construction and is set to contain both student lofts and the Center for Collaborative Journalism.

The Alliance worked with the Knight Foundation-funded Digital Bridges to develop Shoplocalmacon.com. The interactive community website promotes Corridor and Downtown Macon businesses and emphasizes their positive impact on the community’s character and economic prosperity. With the website, business owners have the opportunity to post articles pertaining to their business, have a forum page for registered businesses to share ideas and feedback with each other, as well as easily create their own coupons which can be printed by potential customers.

The College Hill Corridor has also been home to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation-funded “serious game” challenge called Macon Money, which utilized community-building strategies to boost local commerce in the Corridor and downtown.