Macon-Bibb County Begins Cotton Avenue Plaza Expansion

Cotton Avenue along Second Street will be extended to add more green space and benches so people can better enjoy nearby businesses and each other.

MACON, Ga. — Macon-Bibb County leaders broke ground on the Cotton Avenue Park expansion on Wednesday morning.

The intersection of Cotton Avenue and Second Street is now closed as the county expands what they call Triangle Park.

Visitors to the city center can soon expect more green space and a place to sit and enjoy shopping close to and from each other.

As work for the Cotton Avenue Plaza begins, “It’s going to be awesome, man. We’re really excited,” says Justin Andrews

“Now to finally see it happen, I’m excited and can’t wait,” says Victor Dixson.

The businesses of Cotton Avenue and Second Street are racing.

Dixson owns VJ’s Cuts and Styles.

“It will be more visible – the park is right in front of the store,” says Dixson

He says it could increase business in the square.

“It will only add to the growth of downtown Macon and I’m thrilled. I think we’ll all really benefit from it,” he says.

Justin Andrews of the Otis Redding Foundation says it will bring visibility to the streets.

“Cherry Street is Macon’s main thoroughfare, and Cherry Street is booming right now. Poplar Street is doing the same thing with all of its new restaurants and the Christmas lights coming in. I think here on Cotton Avenue, we need that same treatment,” Andrews says.

He says they are already thinking about ways to use the space.

“Maybe before our center is built, we could talk about outdoor music lessons or something,” he says.

With the many possibilities, he says he expects a result of joy.

“It makes people happy, it gives people a sense of joy and a sense of belonging to their community. What more could you ask for, especially if you’re from Macon?” Andrews said.

Macon-Bibb County’s Alex Morrison says that’s the goal – to create space for people to come together and be proud.

“It’s an intentionally inclusive invitation for people from all walks of life to enjoy this space within our urban core,” Morrison said.

He says the project will remove part of Cotton Avenue, making it safer for pedestrians.

The project should be completed in 6 to 8 weeks.

The project will cost around $650,000, part of which will come from SPLOST funds.

The Central Georgia Community Foundation is also raising funds for the project. Donations can be made on its website.