Historic Bobby Jones Performing Arts Center to become cafe in GA

In 1998, the making was repurposed as a dance studio and named soon after the initially African American to get paid tenure at Mercer College.

MACON, Ga. — A person of Macon’s longtime endangered historic spots will before long be renovated into a cafe.

The Bobby Jones Performing Arts Heart has been on the Historic Macon Foundation’s Fading 5 listing considering the fact that 2016. Now, social activist and neighborhood relations specialist Tonja Khabir has purchased the creating and plans to rework it into Jones Cafe starting next yr!

“The largest point about this building is being capable to help you save it, preserve it,” Khabir reported. “We are so grateful to have a new upcoming for this room as a society and neighborhood incubator place called Jones Cafe.”

The Bobby Jones Executing Arts Heart was originally designed as the 1st congregational church in 1917. In 1998, the making was repurposed as a dance studio and named just after Bobby Jones, the initial African American to make tenure at Mercer College.

“It served to educate people and join them to spirituality,” Khabir claimed. “It is just this sort of a prosperous heritage and culture that this space has, and so being related to that, it just made me definitely want to tie myself to this house.”

At the time the point out and federal tax credits are finished, Khabir sees Jones Cafe as a element coffee shop and collaboration location for people to do the job collectively.

“Currently being equipped to now make it a risk-free house for persons who are strolling by, folks who are driving by, that in and of alone is a public overall health initiative to be certain that our neighborhoods are harmless and sustainable for all folks to be equipped to appreciate,” Khabir stated. 

La’Nissa Rozier is a present Mercer College student and looks ahead to a different position wherever she can acquire and community with classmates and good friends.

“People are creating points up and executing items like building Jones Cafe, so it is offering our local community prospects to develop and connect additional,” Rozier said. “We are going to have much more locations to be, more items to do, and I consider all round, it’s going to just deliver extra people today to the Macon location. It is previously dazzling, exciting, and group-based, but extra options will just guide to additional folks, and that is heading to be excellent for the town.” 

Dsto Moore life in the place and is keen to see the enhancement firsthand.

“One thing new!” Moore mentioned. “A little something thrilling, a little something that hasn’t been in the community for yrs. The Bobby Jones Executing Arts Center was something back again in the day, so as a little something coming again to the neighborhood, type of revamped, it truly is the only way, so they must appreciate it!”