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The city of Macon is one step closer to becoming home of the first urban agrihood in the state.

Tuesday, One South Community Development Corporation announced that a $500,000 grant will help make the agrihood a reality.

Executive director Danny Glover says the money will be used to transform an area on Bowden Street into a place where people from the community can come to get fresh produce.

“This is going to become a new place in Macon, a tourist attraction. People from across the country will travel to Macon, Georgia to see what we have going on in this agrihood,” says Glover.

Officials say you’ll soon see blighted homes turned into a huge farmland with a farm center, a farm-to-table restaurant, commercial kitchen space for demonstrations and a meeting space to host neighborhood events.

Glover says bringing something positive like this to the area will help drive crime out of the community.

“Once you start changing the direct conditions of the environment you see crime start to dwindle. Crime isn’t going to be harbored in places where people are constantly walking, where there’s new things going and where there seems like attention is being placed,” says Glover.

One South Community Corporation was selected out of dozens of applications to receive the grant from ArtPlace America.

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