Historic Macon Foundation is currently serving as the lead developer for the Beall’s Hill Neighborhood Revitalization project. After completing national award-winning revitalization projects in neighboring Huguenin Heights and Tattnall Square Heights, Historic Macon Foundation was an obvious choice as a development leader. Under the direction of the Hills and Heights Development Corporation and the management of the College Hill Alliance, Historic Macon Foundation is planning and executing a phased revitalization plan for the entire thirty block neighborhood including infrastructure improvements, new-build infill construction, rehabilitation of historic buildings and some marketing functions. Beall’s Hill is one of Macon’s fastest growing neighborhoods, fueled by a desire for Maconites to live in the thriving College Hill Corridor. Historic Macon Foundation’s development philosophy is to make the lead investments that lay the foundation for private developers to take over the project. We will continue to push development towards Telfair St. and Elm St.
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The Beall’s Hill neighborhood has a rich history as one of Macon’s only integrated historic districts. Homes of all sizes, shapes and styles have always provided a rich mixture of people from different ethnicities, lifestyles and income levels. That tradition continues today with current revitalization efforts. Beall’s Hill has one of the most active neighborhood associations in Middle Georgia, running a community garden and organizing events to enjoy each other’s company. As people begin to think about where to live more as a lifestyle than an enclave, Beall’s Hill is becoming one of Macon’s most desirable neighborhoods. While our neighbors are our best asset, Beall’s Hill is uniquely situated within walking distance of Mercer University, the Medical Center of Central Georgia, neighborhood restaurants and shops at Mercer Village, downtown Macon’s cultural and entertainment district, Alexander II school, several neighborhood churches, the Macon Dog Park and Tattnall Square Park. Visit the Beall’s Hill Neighborhood Association’s website (www.beallshill.com) to learn more, or contact the president of the association by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project Partners and Background
The Beall’s Hill Revitalization began in 1998 with the partnership of the City of Macon, Mercer University and the Macon Housing Authority. Inspired by a HOPE VI grant to replace the aging Oglethorpe Homes housing development, these partners committed to a wholesale revitalization of the neighborhood. The investments of these partners have been leveraged by the strategic donations of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in market-rate revolving funds, low interest facade loans and down payment assistance programs. Since 2010, the College Hill Alliance has managed the redevelopment efforts in partnership with Historic Macon Foundation as the lead developer. More information about the history of this project and details about investments to date can be found on Mercer University’s website.
Development is currently concentrated on the 1300 block of Ross St., the 1000 and 900 blocks of Elm St. and the 1300 and 1200 blocks of Calhoun St. Historic Macon is always seeking private development partners to build or rehabilitate alongside our projects. If you are interested in building your own house in Beall’s Hill, click here to check out our inventory of pre-approved house plans, which can be permitted for construction in as little as one day.