Management of Terminal Station could be changing hands soon. New Town Macon revitalized the look of the downtown building, but some city leaders say more can be done to bring in business to the facility.
"They did a great job in the renovation of it, but they are not property managers. They did not bring any tenants since that time," said City Councilman, Rick Hutto.
The time was nearly three years ago when Newtown Macon's board approved a contract with the City of Macon to manage Terminal Station. The city pays New Town Macon between $1500 and $2000 a month to operate the building and draw in new business.
"Either we need to rent it out permanently to a long term renter or we need to bring it in house and manage it ourselves," said Hutto.
Both the mayor's office and council agree an outside manager is ideal for the Terminal. The mayor disagrees with council's "in house" solution and says adding responsibility to central services, parks and rec., and the finance department would not be a good idea.
"The recreation department is scheduled to go to the county in July so that would make management of it even more difficult from that perspective and I don't know that they are well suited to market class A rental space, office space," said Reichert.
The mayor says part of the reason New Town Macon had such a hard time finding vendors at Terminal Station is much of the building remains unfinished.
"To be perfectly honest the space that they've got available needs some rehabilitation or at least a lot of it does. It's kind of hard to take someone into unfinished space and say can't you imagine x,y, or z," said Reichert.
Around 7,000 square feet on the 4th floor was vacated by the Census Bureau and that area is ready for a new tenant. A Terminal Station oversight committee will continue to look for a managing partner, but until then the city could be losing out on business.
"We all agree that we need to take care of it going forward. We need to make sure that the building makes sense. We don't need to lose money hand over fist as we're doing right now. We can't afford to be hemorrhaging money when the city is trying to tighten its belt," said Hutto.
The mayor says he will make a new request for proposal to try and draw in a management company and present that to City Council sometime in January. New Town Macon did not submit to the mayor's most recent request for proposal.