Macon City Council Tuesday took a step forward on the Second Street corridor project.
That's a plan Mayor Robert Reichert has been advocating for the last couple of years. His vision is to connect Second Street to Mercer University Drive, and to make that corridor more appealing to businesses and visitors.
He's proposed projects like streetscaping, rerouting truck traffic, a new street car system from downtown to the new stadium at Mercer University, and extending Second Street via Little Richard Penniman Boulevard. In all, those projects would run more than 38 million dollars.
Reichert says extending a tax allocation district around Second Street would help foot the bill. A tax allocation district uses additional property taxes from rising property values to help redevelop the district.
City council members voted unanimously to move forward with the legal process of extending the district. The Mayor and his staff say it's a good move because they expect the area around Mercer University to start improving next year, bringing in more property tax dollars.
Next, the city has to get feed back from the public on the extended tax allocation district.
There will be a public hearing December 4th. The city has until December 31st to file an application with the State Revenue Commissioner to extend the tax allocation district.