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Macon's Famous Cherry Blossom Festival

It’s Springtime in Middle Georgia - The time has changed giving us that extra hour of sunlight we are all craving. The birds are happily singing their song as we slowly begin to see the joy of new life blossoming in nature.

Macon, GA

Macon, GA

Each March, our familiar streets flourish with the 350,000+ Yoshino Cherry Trees that are planted here. These stunning trees can trace their Middle Georgia roots all the way back to 1949 when William A. Fickling Sr. discovered a unique and unrecognized blossom – later to be discovered as the Yoshino Cherry Tree. The Fickling family continued to develop their love for this new tree and decided to distribute them throughout the city of Macon. 

When we begin seeing these pink blooms all over town, this is a sure indicator that the Spring season has arrived. In Middle Georgia, with Spring also comes the fun! In 1982, Carolyn Crayton established the Cherry Blossom Festival to celebrate the beauty of these trees and to honor the Fickling family for all that they had done for the city. The Cherry Blossom Festival is a beloved tradition that is perfect for all ages. This festival is a great time for Macon natives to come together as a community. We also get to share our community and fellowship with travelers from all over the world that are drawn here for the festivities. There is surely something to be enjoyed by all. 

This year the Cherry Blossom Festival will extend for two entire weeks starting March 22ndand ending March 31st. The festival has several events to choose from ranging from the Pink Pancake Breakfast, the Bed Race, concerts, food trucks, parades, and so much more. Our town will certainly be buzzing with activity in celebration of this Macon tradition. For full event details please see below.

Dates: March 22 - 31

Times: 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. daily

Price: $16.50 (Adults) $12.50 (Students) $8.50 (5 & under)

Event Schedulehttps://cherryblossom.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/CBF2019_events_Sponsors.pdf

Write up provided by: Alex Putnam

Photo: maconga.org

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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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The Glowing Gingko Trees

Here in the South, we have a very brief Fall so we really try to soak in all that the season has to offer. We break out our boots and scarves, grab our favorite latte, and marvel at the colors nature has displayed for us. 

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During these few weeks of Autumn, one of the most spectacular events takes place. The Gingko tree, which lines our Macon sidewalks and neighborhoods we frequent, gives its glowing yellow show. Almost overnight, the leaves turn from green to a vibrant yellow leaving us Maconites awestruck by their beauty. The tree then waits for the first frost of the season and at once loses all of their beautiful leaves leaving a blanket of yellow underneath. 

The Ginkgo tree first originated in Southeast Asia nearly 200 million years ago. These glowing beauties were said to have been around when Dinosaurs were still present making this tree a living fossil. You can find Gingko’s thriving anywhere and in practically any condition – drought, poor soil, lack of space, etc.

These Gingko trees are very near and dear to my heart as they line the streets of my very own neighborhood. I love being able to watch the series of events when the transition into Autumn finally hits. Hopefully the Fall season can teach all of us that change can be a very beautiful thing. 

Write up provided by: Alex Putnam

Photo: https://www.pinterest.com/grangerjj/gingko-trees/?lp=true

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Live at Lofts: Resident Spotlight

Maci Forehand

Maci Forehand

MEET MACI FOREHAND:

RESIDENT AT LOFTS AT BASS

This week we highlight a very special young lady. Maci Forehand is a resident at the Lofts at Bass and an honorary staff member. She is always looking to help in any way she can and loves to call the Lofts her home. Maci brings joy to every room she enters. From helping the office staff with delivering newsletters to decorating the Christmas tree in the lobby, Maci makes any task fun and unique.

Our Community Manager, Stephanie Delay, said, “We always look forward to the days that Maci comes to work! She is pure joy, always has a smile on her face, and makes the atmosphere even better any time that she is around! She is a hard worker. Maci delivers all of our newsletters and notices as well as other office tasks.”

More about Maci: 

Where were you born? Americus, GA

What city do you live in? Macon at the Lofts at Bass

What is your favorite lunch spot? Margaritas

What do you like most about the Lofts? The friendly staff

What so you like most about living in Macon? Working with the staff at the Lofts at Bass

What are you most looking forward to? Going to Helen for Christmas

“We are blessed beyond measure to have her and think that everyone needs a “Maci” in their office!”

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Creating Time for Living

Time implies change and movement; movement implies the passage of time. So many of us get lost in the “everydayness” of our daily routines. We all have had those days where from the time our feet hit the floor to our heads hitting the pillow we are go, go, go! Sadly, we feel as if we rarely accomplish anything worthwhile. 

Work, responsibilities, and finances can take so much energy from us (and we can give it freely) that we begin to question how a purposeful and fulfilling life can fit among the rest. There are millions of books and speakers, retreats and services, that offer programs and steps to give you the tools to simple life. They promise to remove the stress and replace it with joy and enlightenment. In my experience, these may frame an idea in a way that is more pleasing to our own approach to life and therefore speaks to us on a more “sellable” level but it’s really just a matter of quieting that inner critic. 

What could lead to a happier life for you? Quality relationships? Maybe less clutter both materialistically and emotionally? Freedom? A change in scenery? Could it be a shorter commute which leads to more time for you to fill based on your priorities? 

Time is our most valuable asset and the most treasured gift another person can give us. We move through time whether or not we are using it to the best of our ability. When was the last time you came across a home project that you never finished? Or a friendship you had meant to rekindle but never did? Maybe there was an interest in art, music, travel, volunteering, or going back to school, but a day turned into a month, which turned into a year without taking the plunge.

Creating an simple environment that allows you to be free, spontaneous, and mindful can make a positive impact on you for years to come and lessen your environmental footprint on the world around.

Consider what you find truly important and begin to use YOUR time to surround yourself with “the good stuff”.

Write up provided by: Anna Daniels

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Cut Out the Commute

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I don’t know about you but I am ready to be done with all the bumper to bumper traffic flowing in and out of downtown. As I sat at the 4th light of 12, I have to get through to cross over College Street, I told my son that we have to go back to our alternate route. Vineville Avenue has only become more congested over the years. This is undeniable proof that downtown is a flourishing destination for work, education, entertainment and dining.  With employees of Navicent Health and Coliseum, city workers, small business owners and staff, families taking children to St. Joseph’s and Mount de Sales and so many others, those of us who must make the drive in can feel like sardines on a slow-moving conveyer belt.

 

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This dilemma points out yet another benefit to making downtown your home. Imagine walking or biking to work? Imagine the time and gas saved by living and working in the same centralized location. The Lofts provide well lit, gated parking, so your vehicle can stay at home while you work and play. No feeding the meter or worrying about the 3-hour limit. A daily schedule that cuts out the commute in the morning and afternoon can lead to more focused time with friends and family, implementing a solid wellness routine, and kicking back to some local entertainment. Sure, we all need to make that trip to the grocery store or mall, but when living downtown, that time spent in the car is on your terms based on what you decide.

 

 

 

As more Maconites choose to make downtown their home, our eateries, entertainment venues, galleries, salons and retailers will flourish. There will be an undeniable demand for a full-service grocer within the 3-block radius of 2nd Street that will most likely lead to a smart entrepreneur or a grocery chain wanting a piece of the pie.

A larger downtown population will enable our small business owners to thrive which will attract more new businesses that will contribute to our economy, create jobs and services, and solidify Macon as a strong competitive city capable of providing the best in opportunity and quality of life.

By cutting out the commute and making downtown your home you can save time, money, and sanity while also bringing growth and stability to our much-loved city.  

 

Write up and photos provided by: Anna Daniels

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Spotlight: Lofts at Zebulon

For the last part of our five-part series, we look to Zebulon Road for an exclusive on our newest property, Lofts at Zebulon.

 

Nestled in the heart of North Macon on Zebulon Road, Lofts at Zebulon will provide 241 residential lofts, four out parcel locations and ground floor retail space. The Lofts at Zebulon is the most exciting project in North Macon and will offer one, two and three-bedroom floor plans. This beautiful property will also feature signature Live at Loft amenities like a state of the art fitness center, a spacious clubroom, granite counter tops and elevator access. We will offer new Lofts Perks like a saltwater infinity pool, private garages, dog wash station, car wash & maintenance station and walking trails! We expect Lofts at Zebulon to begin pre-leasing Fall 2018, with a completion date in Spring 2019! We are very excited about this new property in the Live at Lofts family, and we hope you are too! For more information including floor plans, visit https://www.liveatlofts.com/property/lofts-at-zebulon

Write up provided by Blog Contributor: Reed Jones

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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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Spotlight: Lofts at Navicent

This week, Live at Lofts is excited to offer the third installment of our series on our market rate properties with the Lofts at Navicent! 

 

Construction started on this beautiful property in November 2015 and it was completed in April 2017. Not only did the Lofts at Navicent bring 60 luxury lofts to the heart of the medical epicenter of Macon, but through a wonderful partnership with Navicent Health, we are excited to offer a state of the art fitness center to Navicent employees as well as our wonderful residents. Navicent Health also occupies the second floor of our building with their Employee Health Center, with three floors of luxury lofts located above. Alex Putnam, our community manager at the Lofts at Navicent, knows that she has a strong bias but says that this property is her favorite across our brand! Alex says that she loves being able to provide a luxurious haven for her resident to come home to each night after a long day at work. Email alex.putnam@liveatlofts.com or call 478.336.5229 to set up a tour!

 

Write up provided by Blog Contributor: Reed Jones

Lofts photos provided by: Anna L. Daniels

Wellness Center photo provided by: Cheryl Parker

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Spotlight: Lofts at Bass

This week, part two of our Lofts Series with The Lofts at Bass! 

 

Construction began in October 2013 with Phase One that brought 54 luxury lofts and seven retail spaces that are occupied by retail stores, restaurants and healthcare facilities. Phase Two was completed in September 2016 that brought 27 more lofts and five more mixed-use retail spaces to the Bowman Road development. Lofts at Bass Phases One and Two provide 81 luxury lofts to North Macon with amenities such as a saltwater swimming pool, two distinct lounge areas, and a state of the art fitness center. Lofts at Bass have direct access to shopping, restaurants and a Publix Supermarket as well as Interstate 75. Stephanie Delay, the Community Manager at Lofts at Bass says that in her 17 years of working in property management,  the Lofts At Bass is by far her favorite community.  "We offer luxurious lofts, fabulous amenities," Stephanie says, "while also maintaining an atmosphere that makes everyone feel welcome and right at home." The Lofts at Bass currently only has two lofts available, a one-bedroom and a two-bedroom. All lofts have granite countertops in the designer kitchen, full sized washers and dryers, and cable and internet included in rent! Stop by The Lofts at Bass today at 5437 Bowman Road in Macon!

Write up provided by Blog Contributor: Reed Jones

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Spotlight: Lofts at 401 Cherry

 

This week, we're kicking off a five-part series on all of our market rate properties. Each week, you'll be able to read about our properties across Macon, learning a little more about what each one has to offer. This week, we look at the Lofts at 401 Cherry located in the historic Southern United Building.  

Nestled on the corner of Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard and Cherry Street, you'll find one of our two downtown Lofts property, the Lofts at 401 Cherry. The Lofts at 401 Cherry offers residents access to all that Downtown Macon has to offer. This property is within a five-minute walk of all of the shops, restaurants, and bar, meaning that you're never more than a short walk from fun! The Lofts at 401 Cherry offer one and two-bedroom lofts, and rent includes all utilities including cable and internet, and a full sized washer a dryer. Each loft has a signature view of downtown Macon, allowing every resident a perspective on the city that is hard to find elsewhere. The Lofts at 401 Cherry offer ground floor retail space. One spot is currently occupied by Sang's Thai Isaan Restaurant and top floor office space, so residents get the full urban experience. Contact Gordon Bennett at gordon@liveatlofts.com for loft tours and availability. Please contact Susan Bloodworth at susan@sppcommercial.com for information about our retail space.

Write up provided by Blog Contributor: Reed Jones

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Luxury Condos Planned - 423 Mulberry

PROJECT ON HOLD - updated December 2018

MACON, GEORGIA — Sierra Development Group and SPP Commercial Group announces plans for luxury condos on Mulberry Street in downtown Macon. The condos will be located at 423 Mulberry St. at the corner of Mulberry and Broadway. The plans call for 6 story, multi-purpose building, that will accommodate 10 condos and a bank on the ground floor.

This now vacant lot will have gated, covered parking onsite for the residents, as well as a rooftop terrace that will be exclusive to resident use. There are two different floor plans, both with 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths. Balconies overlooking downtown are included in both of the floor plans, with the largest balconies on the 6th floor. Exclusive elevator access from the lobby is directly connected to the covered parking. Private, temperature controlled, storage units will be located on the ground floor for resident use. The condos will include spacious floor plans with top of the line finishes. Potentially, the buyer will have the option of playing a role in the selection process of certain finishes, colors and flooring.

Each condo will be available for purchase, not lease.

Sierra Development Group has a long history of partnering with groups throughout Macon to cultivate and nurture the growth of Macon, specifically downtown and Mercer’s campus. Through these partnerships, one of which includes Mercer University, Sierra and SPP, have been able to play a large part in changing the landscape, culture, and perception of Macon life. This newest endeavor is unlike any other project in the history of downtown Macon. All of their current lofts are for lease only but this new, high-end, development will provide the first ever new-construction condos that will be available for purchase. Residents of Macon and those looking to relocate to the Macon area, have expressed a desire to be able to purchase a loft rather than lease. This project fulfills that request and is another move towards making downtown a walkable city with various living, dining and entertainment options.

Sierra Development Group and SPP Commercial Group are locally owned and operated companies with a focus on excellence and growth. Sierra Development Group is located on the historic corner of Cherry St. and MLK Jr. Blvd. in downtown and is responsible for handling the management of the properties. Sierra and SPP’s portfolio currently includes, Lofts at 401 Cherry, Lofts at Bass I and II, Lofts at Capricorn, Lofts at Navicent and Lofts at Zebulon.

For more information, please email Anna Daniels at adaniels@sierradevelopment.net

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Macon Bacon: The Newest Sizzle in Middle Georgia

The Macon Bacon is a semi – pro baseball team in the Coastal Plains League. This is the first season for the Macon Bacon and so far they are off to a hot start! Their home opener was Friday June 1; with a home game following Saturday night as well. The team is gathering a lot of interest in the community, but there is a lot that people still don’t know! 

What makes the Macon Bacon different than other baseball teams is that most of the players just finished up their season playing college baseball. These players play on semi – pro teams (like the Macon Bacon) in the summer to keep their skills sharp and for recognition by professional scouts. Another difference is that these games are very family oriented. There are games for kids and fans on the field between innings, as well as some kind of theme for the night at almost every home game. This past Saturday (June 9) they honored our first responders and had fireworks following the game.  

Luther Williams Field is the home of the Macon Bacon. Many Maconites are glad to see the field coming back to life and reclaiming the glory it once knew so well. There have been many updates to the field to prepare for the opening season including additional concession stands, outdoor cabana suites, a group picnic area, a kids play zone, and a beer garden. There is certainly something for everyone!  

The Macon Bacon is sure to become a staple of summertime in Macon. The field is located on the edge of downtown, so make a night of it! Enjoy everything that downtown has to offer; which now includes the baseball team! For more information on the Macon Bacon such as tickets or a home game schedule, visit www.maconbaconbaseball.com!  

Write up provided by Blog Contributor: Laura Beth Shealy.

Photos provided by: StadiumJourney.com

 

 

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The Growth and Blooming of Downtown Macon

View from Lofts at Capricorn

View from Lofts at Capricorn

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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