From Historic School To Affordable Housing

May 24, 2016

Macon-Bibb County political leaders got their first look at an old school at the heart of a new housing development Tuesday.

A few members of the Macon-Bibb County Commission and Mayor Robert Reichert toured the still under renovation A.L. Miller High School building. For Commission member and Miller Alumnus Elaine Lucas, the tour brought memories and hopes for what will come once this is low income housing.

"It's going to be a boost for this whole area. A lot of our neighborhoods are in decline and this is one of them," Lucas said.

The County has committed $600,000 for infrastructure improvements in the surrounding neighborhood.

Bibb County Clerk of Commission Janice Ross graduated from Miller the same year as Lucas. She hadn't been back since. The visit jogged her memory.

"Remembering the floors, the principal's office and where you bought school supplies....That was all fun to see again," she said. "It's just a really wonderful old building. And I am so glad they are saving it."

Developers say they plan on having the building fully renovated by early 2017. 

See what A.L. Miller looked like when developers first took over.

Support for Health, Education, and Poverty  reporting on GPB Macon comes from the Peyton Anderson Foundation.