In the News: New Lighting System in Downtown Macon

new lighting system in Downtown Macon

Are you looking for a little news to brighten your day? A new lighting system in Downtown Macon will soon light up alleyways and keep things shining bright through the night!

Light the way

The $150,000 new lighting system in Downtown Macon will be donated to the county by NewTown. As of now, lights will be installed on buildings throughout the downtown area.

Plans include adding lights to Cherry Street Lane, Mulberry Street Lane and First Street Lane. A parking lot off First Street Lane will also have new lights installed.

Overall, the new lighting system in Downtown Macon will provide an added level of public safety and security. The city hopes with the addition of the lights downtown visitors will stay, shop and dine longer hours.

NewTown is currently in the process of ordering the parts and supplies needed for the installation. Hopefully the project will begin by the end of this year.

More about NewTown

NewTown Macon has been on a mission to revitalize and invigorate the downtown area for 25 years. So far, the organization has invested $842 million into the area throughout the years. That includes $19.3 million in small business and real estate loans.

NewTown is a non-profit, private-public partnership that strives to cultivate the development of cultural, social and business opportunities.

In fact, in the last six years NewTown has purchased and restored seven buildings. This includes adding 69 lofts and 12 storefronts to the downtown area. Other impressive figures found on their website include the following results:

  • 94 percent loft occupancy
  • 80 percent storefront occupancy
  • 900,000+ event attendance


NewTown’s main office is located at 555 Poplar St. If you are interested in their ongoing projects and opportunities, you can reach them via email at [email protected] or by calling 478-722-9909.

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