With the closing of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, local leaders say they will not let the music die in the city of Macon.
"We would prefer not to have another vacant building in downtown, but music is important and we will continue that thrust," says Mike Ford, President and CEO of NewTown Macon.
NewTown Macon is moving forward with plans to renovate the Capricorn Recording Studio. They also hope to add a record front store on Cherry Street as a bridge to the building on MLK Boulevard.
Soon, the music hall will be just another vacant building in the downtown landscape, a loss that doesn't just effect Macon.
"I'm really disappointed for the state because I really feel like the preservation of musical heritage and archives are no less important than maintaining the paper archives and ancient documents," says Macon Mayor Robert Reichert.
"We are the cradle for music in the south, and it's just very unfortunate that they can't see that," says Macon City Council President Miriam Paris."
Despite the disappointing news of the hall closing, Ford says he's not letting this get in the way of his plans to keep downtown thriving.
"It's an immediate setback but longterm we will prevail, and we will finish out the Tubman Museum and we will work diligently to get somebody in that building... the bottom line on all of that is more feet on the street," says Ford.