ECONOMIC & COMMUNITY DEVELOPEMENT
Manager: Wanzina Jackson
Economic & Community Development
200 Cherry Street ~ Suite 100
Macon, GA 31201
P: (478) 751-7190
F: (478) 751-7390
TTY: (478) 803 – 2306
Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
The neighborhood stabilization goal is to foster livability and civic attachment by eliminating blighting influences and strengthening neighborhoods. The Department has a variety of tools to remediate blighting influences in neighborhoods. Using Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, the Department also invests in community organizations that deliver services that advance the Department’s goals of reducing crime and visual blight and fostering civic and economic investment in the community. Keeping neighborhoods safe and clean can be a challenge considering that the majority of real property in the Macon-Bibb County is owned by private entities. Our team of neighborhood stabilization members will continue to play a part in enhancing efforts to deal with blight and neighborhood nuisances. Once private property has been abandoned, it becomes a costly burden for the immediate surroundings and for the City of Macon. Abandoned properties attract vagrants and often become risks for fire and major crime, often resulting in the devaluation of adjacent properties. The Department has undertaken the following tools/initiatives to address the growing number of abandoned properties:
- In Rem foreclosures: The County
- Demolition Program: The City has the goal of removing 100 severely dilapidated structures per year. The City maintains a list of properties to be demolished for each year. Properties that appear on the City’s demolition list have a demolition order from the Municipal Court judge and the cost of demolition, which generally ranges from $10,000 to $20,000, placed as a lien on the real property.