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SAVING CAPRICORN STUDIOS

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The story of Capricorn started with a young Phil Walden booking bands for surrounding fraternity parties. With an incredible passion for music, Walden really made it big when he discovered a band called Pat Tea Cake and the Mighty Panthers featuring Johnny Jenkins on guitar and Otis Redding as vocalist. As Walden and Redding grew closer, the idea of a record label flourished in their minds. Together they launched Redwal Music – Red for Redding and Wal for Walden. 

With the music label successfully under their belt, they continued dreaming of what their future might hold. A few years later, in 1969, Capricorn Studios was founded. Located in Macon, Georgia, Capricorn, was the home to many music legends including, the Marshall Tucker Band, the Outlaws, Wet Willie, and many others. 

Capricorn Studios is frequently associated with the Allman Brothers band because of the immense amount of time the brothers spent there working on three of their albums. Greg Allman and Dickey Bett both went on to produce solo albums at Capricorn in 1973 and 1974 as well. The Allman Brothers as well as the other musical talents that recorded at Capricorn Studios are why many now refer to Macon as the birthplace of Southern rock.

This studio had such an impact on American culture by creating an entirely new genre of music. The artists that recorded at Capricorn combined influences from blues, soul, rock and country – which we now call Southern rock. While this studio significantly shaped Macon history, they unfortunately closed their doors in 1979 due to financial troubles. 

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In 2015, Mercer University, NewTown Macon, Sierra Development and Southern Pine Plantations announced their plans to restore the famous Capricorn Studios. The Mercer Music program plans to return the studio back into functioning conditions including features such as recording studios, spaces for small concerts, as well as, educational programs through Mercer’s Townsend School of Music. Capricorn Studios will also showcase the music history that was made here through static exhibits as well as interactive digital kiosks. Several sources say this exhibit will be up and running by December 2019 just in time for Capricorn Studios 50th anniversary. 

Write up provided by: Alex Putnam

Photo provided by: Anna Daniels

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Spotlight: Lofts at Capricorn

This week, the Lofts blog is all about our most recently opened property, Lofts at Capricorn! 

 

Completed in March 2018, the Lofts at Capricorn provide a rich culture of Macon music history in the heart of Downtown. With 137 lofts, a saltwater infinity pool and historic artwork from Capricorn Studios, the Lofts at Capricorn offer a luxury lifestyle that cannot be found anywhere else downtown. The Lofts at Capricorn is located at the corner of Poplar and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, placing it within walking distance of all that Downtown Macon has to offer. This property's namesake is the historic Capricorn Studio which is nestled in between two of our buildings on the property. Capricorn Studios is most widely known as the birthplace of The Allman Brothers, and is currently being restored by Mercer University. The rich history of Capricorn Studios can be seen throughout the property, making this the best place to live for anyone who loves music, history and culture. The property is composed of four mid-rise buildings and includes a fitness center and gated parking. Call 478.200.4567 to set up at tour today!

Write up provided by Blog Contributor: Reed Jones

 

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The Growth and Blooming of Downtown Macon, Part Two - Parking

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Moving forward with our theme of Downtown growth and progress, a question on everyone’s mind is parking. With new businesses, restaurants and residential developments moving into the downtown core, the need for on-street parking is only going to grow. 

In November 2016, Macon-Bibb County Commissioners approved a new downtown parking plan that allows Macon’s Urban Development Authority to fund the addition of parking meters, pay stations and other parking management systems to Macon’s downtown core – the area between Walnut and Poplar and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and First Street. The downtown core contains 1260 parking spaces, and according to Alex Morrison, the Executive Director for the Urban Development Authority, around 850 meters should be installed by the end of this month. 

According to a March 2018 article by Linda Morris of the Macon Telegraph, paid parking will be enforced Monday – Saturday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and will cost $1.25 an hour. These parking meters are anticipated to generate $1 million annually, which will support the parking system itself, and then any extra revenue will be put back into downtown through accessibility and parking improvements. Bibb Urban Development has contracted with Lanier Parking Meter Services to install and manage parking meters and the authority’s parking decks downtown. The bright side to this new parking system downtown is that there will be a higher turnover of available spaces because of the two-hour parking limit, meaning more opportunities for people to park downtown and enjoy all Macon has to offer. 

The great thing about living at a Lofts property is the gated, access-controlled entry parking! At Lofts at Capricorn and Lofts at Navicent, residents have guaranteed parking spaces. Both properties are located downtown, meaning an evening stroll down a block or two leads you directly to a wide selection of restaurants, bars, and theaters! You could even grab your morning coffee just one block from Lofts at Capricorn at Taste and See! 

Living downtown definitely has its perks, but with downtown growth booming and new parking regulations starting, the idea of guaranteed parking presents an easy choice -

Live it, Love it, Loft it! Life just got better at the Lofts!

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Write up provided by Blog Contributor: Reed Jones

Additional photos provided by: Gateway Macon, WGXA, and Macon.com

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The Growth and Blooming of Downtown Macon

View from Lofts at Capricorn

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Spring has finally sprung in Macon, GA! The cherry blossoms are in full bloom and there is a nice warm breeze in the air. I don’t know if it is just me, but something about this time of year makes me want to be outside and enjoy this weather as much as possible. While taking a stroll downtown, I began to think about how the flowers weren't the only thing growing in Macon this year. The downtown area is certainly changing! Many new attractions have started to pop up and there are many more to come; including restaurants, hotels, retail space, office space, apartments, and more parking.  

One of the restaurants that is set to open later this year is Your Pie, a brick oven pizza restaurant that allows customers to create and customize their own personal pizza. It will be located on Poplar Street beside Taste and See Coffee Shop. According to the Newtown Macon website, several other eateries will be coming to Poplar Street as well including Decadent Desert Bar and Famous Mike's. To help with the influx of people these tasty attractions are sure to bring, more parking is also being added throughout the downtown area. 

If anyone has ventured down Poplar Street lately, it is easy to see the construction that is going on in the median. This area is being turned into an attraction itself. The City of Macon is transforming the Poplar Street Commons into an area that will contain new concrete, trees, and landscaping. Not only will it be beneficial for downtown events and festivals in the future, but all the new green space is also sure to be easy on the eyes.  

There are also many new apartments and lofts coming to the downtown area. The Lofts at Capricorn just opened up on MLK Jr Blvd. It is built at the site of Capricorn Records. When walking through the doors, the old town music feel is immediately mixed with a modern touch. The walls are covered with records of the artists that once made music in that very location. It'll make someone want to pull a guitar right off the wall and begin strumming a tune! All of this along with beautiful state of the art lofts makes this one of the hottest new places to see and live in the downtown area.  

It is interesting to take a walk through the streets of downtown Macon and make a mental note of what is seen now, while also thinking back on how the area has already changed. It is a privilege and a pleasure to watch this town grow. And just like this spring season, Macon, GA is really starting to bloom! 

Citations Link:  http://www.newtownmacon.com/new-kids-on-the-block/ 

Write up provided by Blog Contributor: Laura Beth Shealy

Additional photos provided by: Anna Daniels

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LOFTS FAMILY RECOGNIZES SHONDA RAY

 

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LOFTS FAMILY LUNCHEON

Yesterday, March 29th, was our quarterly employee luncheon. The Lofts family came together to eat and catch up on work and life. The weather so graciously cooperated so we were able to lounge by the gorgeous infinity pool at the Lofts at Capricorn. One of our favorite local eateries, Growler USA, provided a fantastic lunch for our employees to enjoy. Be sure to check them out! They are located at 1530 Mercer University Dr, across from Five Star Stadium.

This quarter, we recognized one of the BEST of the best. Shonda Ray has been with the Live at Lofts family since Summer 2016. She has set herself apart by displaying her many strengths and job role flexibility. Shonda comes to work each day with her beautiful smile across her face! She works with great attention to detail to make the Lofts properties sparkle. In her role at a housekeeper she works tirelessly to maintain the image that the Lofts brand has come to be known for. Customer service is a key priority for her and she strives to meet all of her residents’ needs. Shonda can also be found in the leasing office from time to time. When staff is short, she fills in as an administrative assistant with ease and grace. Our hats off to you, Shonda! Keep up the good work!

Thank you to all our staff! No matter the task, the role, or the title, we are all crucial to the success of this amazing company. 

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Modern Gets a New Meaning

When visiting the Lofts at Capricorn, one can’t help but feel the rich music history that we’ve built our newest property around! From the moment you step in the leasing office, you’re greeted by original artwork from Capricorn studios, mixed with all of the modern amenities that today’s resident needs. Modern definitely gets a new meaning when coupled with the great pieces we have from Capricorn.

Spend a little time with Alex and Reed, and you’ll already feel at home. These two are a match made in loft heaven! Alex joined the Lofts family this past summer, bringing with her years of experience in leasing, and Reed has been a part of Live at Lofts for three years. Everyday, their focus is to make sure that each day at the Lofts at Capricorn is the best one yet! 

The Lofts at Capricorn offer a luxury loft experience nestled in the heart of downtown Macon! Spend your days here lounging by the infinity pool, relaxing on your balcony, or taking a short walk down the street where you can be surrounded by downtown staples like The Rookery, Hargray Capitol Theater, and so much more! Everyday is a new adventure at the Lofts at Capricorn! Visit us at 520 Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard to experience it for yourself! 

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New Development Announcement: Lofts at Capricorn

Live at Lofts is excited to announce our brand new development project in Downtown Macon! Lofts at Capricorn, located adjacent to the old Capricorn Records recording studio on Martin Luther King Boulevard, will be home to our newest loft development project.

Lofts at Capricorn will consist of 137 one -and two-bedroom apartments with 10 different floor plans, a club house with a cyber cafe, a fitness center and a gated parking lot with 200 spaces. Some units will have direct access to a private garage and top floor units will have balconies.

Read more about this exiting project here: http://www.macon.com/news/business/article48246685.html

Lofts at Capricorn

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