A.L. Miller High School to be renovated into apartment homes

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)- A nationally registered landmark in Macon is about to have a major makeover.

The three buildings of the old A.L. Miller High School located on Montpelier Avenue will be turned into an apartment complex.

Ann Mosley graduated from the school in 1965. She tells 41NBC she has many fond memories, but fears her school will never get back to its glory days.

“It needed to be upgraded and updated to see it closed,” Mosley said. “Not the best thing, to watch it deteriorate.”

Macon-Bibb County commissioners recently approved tax credits for Oracle Consulting Services to buy the school. The Kentucky-based company says it plans to renovate the property into 71 apartment homes.

The project will total about $11 million. A representative with Oracle says the federal and local tax credits they received will bring down that cost.

“This is our first project in Macon and we hope [the] Miller school renovation helps to revitalize this area of Macon,” Oracle representative Christopher Byrd said.

This plan does not excite some alumni like Mosley.

“Low income housing projects over there, whether if its apartments or whatever, is not going to help the area at all,” Mosley said.

She says the building should be used for other purposes.

“I’d love to see it as a senior high rise,” Mosley said.

But some community members are optimistic the renovation will improve the neighborhood.

“When you do one very large building it will impact smaller projects around it,” Historic preservation consultant Maryel Battin said.

Still, Mosley and other alumni say they have little hope of the school getting back to height it use to be.

We’re told Oracle will close the deal soon. The company also plans to purchase other properties in Macon. The project is expected to be completed in August 2016.

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