Main Street Macon seeks a master signage plan for downtown Macon

Main Street Macon, an organization housed in the Economic and Community Development Department of Macon-Bibb County, invites all interested, qualified persons or firms capable of providing the required products to submit bids for the design and planning of a master signage plan for downtown Macon, GA.

In 2014, the Macon-Bibb Urban Development Authority led the process of developing a strategic plan for Macon’s urban core. The resulting plan, called the Macon Action Plan, was published in 2015. The James L. and John S. Knight Foundation and the Peyton Anderson Foundation each contributed $1.5M to create the Downtown Challenge Fund at the Community Foundation of Central Georgia. The purpose of the grant is to fund ideas outlined in Macon Action Plan, making it a living, breathing guide rather than a document that sits on the shelf.

Main Street Macon received a grant from the Downtown Challenge Fund of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia to create a master signage plan for Macon’s urban core that would provide branding guidelines and preliminary designs for the type of signage requested in this Request for Proposal. The Macon Action Plan outlines the need for a comprehensive plan and identifies locations and types of signage that would assist with wayfinding and an increased sense of place. The winning proposal will display knowledge of the Macon Action Plan and follow its suggestions.

Main Street Macon is considering the selection of a signage master plan utilizing grant funds won from the Downtown Challenge Fund. The following specifications and attachments describe the minimum requirements acceptable to Main Street Macon and Macon-Bibb County.

The deadline for proposals is January 15, 2018.

Download the RFP

URGENT! Save the federal historic tax credit!

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Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady has proposed a tax reform bill that will not include the federal historic tax credit. Chairman Brady aims for the bill to go before the full House of Representatives for a vote on November 6.

The loss of the federal historic tax credit would severely inhibit ongoing revitalization efforts of historic areas across the country. The National Trust for Historic Preservation, the leading advocacy organization for historic preservation, stated, “Since [1986], the federal historic tax credit has played a critical role in revitalizing small towns and cities, creating jobs, and increasing economic activity, all while returning more tax revenue to the Treasury than it costs.” Ronald Reagan made the federal historic tax credit a permanent part of the tax code in 1986 after seeing the significant economic growth it generated. In the past thirty years, the federal historic tax credit has created nearly 2.5 million jobs and over $131 billion of private capital investment while saving over 42,000 buildings nationwide. For every $1 invested in historic rehabilitation, $1.20 is returned to the Treasury.

Locally, the federal historic tax credit is Macon’s most effective tool for neighborhood and downtown revitalization. Macon has 14 National Register Historic Districts with over 6,300 properties eligible for historic tax credits. Buildings range from single-family homes to historic apartment buildings and commercial buildings to industrial complexes. Since 2010, 70 rehabilitation projects have been completed in Macon-Bibb utilizing the federal historic tax credit, resulting in over $82 million in reinvestment in the local community. The growth of downtown Macon has directly benefited from the use of the federal historic tax credit.

The federal historic tax credit has been instrumental in increasing residents within Macon’s urban core. Since 2000, 19 loft projects, including the Dannenberg, Lamar Lofts, and the Lofts at Silver, utilized the federal historic tax credit to rehab downtown’s larger buildings. As of June 2017, 95% of the 458 lofts in downtown Macon are occupied. In addition to increasing residents, those buildings also have created renovated storefronts, resulting in 13 new downtown businesses.

Here’s what you can do.

Contact Senator Isakson. Using this link, send him an email urging him to fight for the federal historic tax credit. You can use this email below to get started:

Dear Senator Isakson:

As a Georgian and a Maconite who supports economic growth and historic preservation, I urge you to do all you can to preserve the federal historic tax credit.

Since 2010, 70 rehabilitation projects have been completed utilizing the federal historic tax credit in Macon-Bibb County. Those projects have resulted in a total economic impact of over $82 million in 14 neighborhoods throughout Macon.

The federal historic tax credit has been the single most important tool for revitalizing Macon’s urban core, resulting in more residents and businesses who all contribute to Macon’s local tax base. Since 2000, 19 loft projects, including the Dannenberg, Lamar Lofts, and the Lofts at Silver, utilized the federal historic tax credit to rehab downtown’s larger buildings. As of June 2017, 95% of the 458 lofts in downtown Macon are occupied. In addition to increasing residents, those buildings also have created renovated storefronts, resulting in 13 new downtown businesses.

These numbers and success stories are not unique to Macon. Across the state of Georgia, the economic impact of the federal historic tax credit has been felt. During the past 14 years, the tax credit has brought in over $500 million of total development to Georgia and resulted in 410 restorations across our state. Studies have also shown that over $4 of private investment occurs for every $1 of every tax credit issued.

Please exercise your influential leadership to bring prosperity through preservation to Georgia. Eliminating the federal historic tax credit would result in the future loss of millions of dollars in private capital investment, revenue for the Treasury, and our nation’s historic buildings.

Follow up with a call as well:

Washington: 202-224-3643
Atlanta: 770-661-0999

 

The Design committee is tasked with helping Downtown put her best foot forward and to always make a good first impression.

  • Hosted 2 Downtown clean-ups in FY15 with more than 50 volunteers
  • Partnered with the Urban Development Authority to replace hardscape surrounding the trees on Cherry St. with planters. 
  • Work with Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful, Public Works and Federated Garden Clubs to create partnership for maintaining Downtown planters

Highlight: Benjamin Moore “Paint What Matters”

Winner of the Benjamin Moore “Main Street Matters” contest. The entire project (20 cities) will be completed over the course of the next year. Exact times for Macon’s revitalization are still being determined but 2-3 blocks will be improved including the block of Second Street between Cherry and Poplar which is also the model block for the Second Street project. A site coordinator will work with Main Street Macon and other partners to determine what work needs to be done and will collect bids from local painters, contractors and construction crews.

New Planters on Cherry St.

New Planters on Cherry St.

Volunteers from Daybreak assist with a Downtown Clean-up

Volunteers from Daybreak assist with a Downtown Clean-up

Members of the Federated Garden Clubs partner with Main Street Macon, Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful and City of Macon Public Works to keep Downtown planters looking good!
Members of the Federated Garden Clubs partner with Main Street Macon, Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful and City of Macon Public Works to keep Downtown planters looking good!