There's many empty streets in downtown Macon, but a residential study shows there's plenty of untapped potential that could add more residents to the area.
"I think that's a significant challenge for all of us to look at lofts downtown as an economic challenge and as our best economic opportunity," says Josh Rogers, Executive Director, Historic Macon.
Historic homes and loft living is appealing to the masses. A residential study conducted by an outside economist shows people want these options.
"Right now, we have a greater demand than we have a supply. More people want to live in downtown than we have room to live downtown," says Kris Hattaway, Director of Place, NewTown Macon.
In the 2008 study, the market projected about 90 new rental units per year. The latest results shows this area of the city could reach an average of 168 new rental units per year.
"There's abandoned buildings on Cherry Street that could be turned into lofts or storefronts or both," says resident Norman James.
There's a waiting list to get into Broadway Lofts which proves people are interested in moving into the area.
"There are a lot of young professionals, there are a lot of retiring baby boomers, whose top priority is living in a walkable neighborhood," says Rogers.
They're the target audience for downtown living who are looking for the perfect combination of comfort and style.
"What they need is a nicely finished space that's cool to bring a few friends back or where they can stop off before they head out downtown," says Rogers.
Hattaway says NewTown is working with Bibb County to issue bonds that will help jump start development projects that were stalled when the economy took a downward turn.
She says you can expect to see some groundbreakings in the upcoming months.