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Macon Housing Authority Looks to Renovate Tindall Heights

If you've seen the transformation of Oglethorpe Homes into Tattnall Place, you have an idea of what some Macon City Council members hope to do with Tindall Heights.

Members of the Appropriations Committee discussed applying for a Hope VI project.

That's the same grant they used when Oglethorpe Homes underwent a complete renovation years ago.

Executive Director of the Macon Housing Authority John Hiscox says Macon has a 1 in 5 chance of getting the grant money, but he says time is running out.

Council member Larry Schlesinger says the committee delayed the application because the Macon Housing Authority wants the city to contribute $2 million and some financial questions are still up in the air.

"We may just disqualify ourselves simply because we ourselves ran out of time and didn't get it to HUD in a timely way," says Schlesinger.

Schlesinger is referring to the the Department of Housing and Urban Development, to whom the committee would have to turn in the application.

Hiscox says the application is due at the end of November, but if Macon wants a shot, they should complete it within the next 2 weeks.

The Tindall Heights project is looking to develop 443 new housing units, which would be broken into 7 separate phases.

The project would cost $88 million and bring about 300 jobs.

Mayor Robert Reichert called a meeting for next Tuesday to answer some of the questions about development grants and have another vote on the project.


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