Macon-Bibb Planning and zoning approves new community center

If you live in the Pleasant Hill neighborhood, you’ve probably seen a sign for a new community center.
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MACON, Ga. (41NBC/WMGT) — If you live in the Pleasant Hill neighborhood, you’ve probably seen a sign hinting at a new community center.

The building, located at 283 Grant Avenue, is now expected to be just that after receiving approval from Macon-Bibb Planning and Zoning on Monday. It was previously a church.

The center will provide services to people of all ages.

Planning and Zoning’s Jeff Ruggieri says the endorsement was a no-brainer.

“Anytime you can bring such a new type of support service to a community, that’s always a good thing,” he said. “And it’s just a new take on an old idea, and I hope it spreads out into the community and they take advantage of all the services they have.”

According to the applicant’s proposal, the center will be called “Changing Your Ordinary Community Center”.

Services will include life skills classes, art classes, and beauty and hairdressing classes. Ruggieri says the services make the center unique.

“It seems to be more of a mind and body type hybrid,” he said. “It encompasses all aspects of community growth and personal growth, from learning a trade to learning a healthy lifestyle.”

Manuel Jackson, a local who lives nearby, agrees.

“With the violence and crime going on right now in Pleasant Hill, we could actually use a community center in this area,” he said. “To help young people get back to doing the things they need to do. »

According to Jackson, the building was vacant for a few years. He says it’s important to see it turn into something to help people.

“I’m going to do whatever I can to keep the area clean or whatever they need me to do,” he said. “Anyone I can find in this community or this neighborhood to help this community center, I’m all for it.”

According to the application, the opening hours of the centers will be Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There’s no word yet on an exact opening date.

Jill E. Washington