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Macon city council meets one last time
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The Macon city council made one last downtown revitalization effort before merging with the county.

They agreed to support two revolving loans, one for Ocmulgee Traders grocery store being built under the Dannenberg Lofts, and the other for loft and commercial space at the corner of Cotton Avenue and Second Street. That project, called The Standard Building, is scheduled to be finished by the end of the summer, according to Alex Morrison with the Urban Development Authority.

"This project would add 12 lofts and four commercial spaces to downtown Macon, and it's something we think would be a great development for all of downtown, particularly the efforts to revitalize Second Street," says Morrison.

Supporting those loans was the last decision made by the council.

Mayor Robert Reichert addressed the group at the beginning of Tuesday's meeting to thank them for their service.

He said, "We have done many good things for a lot of people, and I think our record is one that will be looked at in years to come as one that was progressive, one that was successful."

This was also possibly the last meeting as an elected official for eleven of fifteen council members, such as Rick Hutto and Lauren Benedict, who say they hope people will remember what they helped accomplish for the city.

"We've made some really good starts on some serious problems in our community, and I hope that the new commission will take that and run with it," says Benedict.

Also in the meeting, councilwoman Elaine Lucas was honored as the first woman elected to the consolidated commission. Her fellow council members Virgil Watkins and Ed Defore will join her as representatives in the new government.

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