Construction underway at Rosa Jackson Community Center in Macon

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Rosa Jackson Community Center in Macon is getting a makeover.

41NBC’s Alexa Rodriguez took a tour of the new additions Wednesday.

“It’s been here a long time. Rosa Jackson is like a mother figure in this community. She was an educator, an organizer, community activist in this area,” said Macon-Bibb Commissioner Elaine Lucas as she looked at the progress.

Construction workers were working on the building’s addition Wednesday.

“The new gymnasium, the new lobby area, a new fitness workout area that will be facing Maynard Street. In addition to that, this renovation includes renovating the old building as well,” explained Macon-Bibb Parks and Recreation Director Reggie Moore.

The lobby in the existing building will be upgraded.

The hope is to transform that old building into a “team center.”

There will also be two new meeting spaces.

“I’m just so, so happy that we now are seeing this kind of progress. Progress that these folks deserve and that they’ve looked forward to for a long, long time,” said Lucas.

The $4 million SPLOST project will be using less electricity because the building was designed with big windows to allow a lot of light in during the daytime.

Just about every feature in the Rosa Jackson master plan will be included in the final project.

“If there’s not enough money left for the plaza then that’ll be something that we have to look at for a phase two or phase three project, but everything else that they’ve asked for. They’re getting a splash pad. They’re getting a new playground, new pavilion, an outdoor restroom,” explained Moore.

Which will hopefully boost morale in the neighborhood.

“Making this a more beautiful facility improves the whole neighborhood and instills in folks a sense of pride,” said Lucas.

The project is expected to be finished by the end of the year.

 

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