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April/May 2018

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A P R I L / M A Y 2 0 1 8 M A C O N M A G A Z I N E | 2 1 (478) 733-3386 To learn more about the Spring Stroll, or to purchase tickets, visit or call 478-742-8155. COCKTAILS AND CUPCAKES Join Karats & Keepsakes for the annual Cocktails and Cupcakes event happening 5-8 p.m. April 26 and benefitting Central Georgia Autism. Held at Karats, guests will enjoy a silent auction, spring fashion show, Sara Spivey Designs trunk show, as well as entertainment by Sarah Kate Sellers and Nick Malloy. Tickets, which are one for $10 or three for $25, double as entries to win a $500 Karats gift certificate, Big Green Egg or the ultimate Macon giveaway package. For more information, or for tickets, call 478-471-6688. URBAN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY TO PURCHASE DEMPSEY The Urban Development Authority has secured a sales contract for the Dempsey Apartments from the Barkan Companies. The completed sale will transfer ownership of the Dempsey to the UDA and allow local management of its 194 residential apartments and first floor retail space, located at 523 Cherry St. In 1983, with support from the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and Bibb County, the Barkan Companies purchased and rehabilitated the Dempsey Hotel into affordable housing for low- income elderly persons. At the time many similar properties were being demolished, and it was likely that this historic landmark would have been lost. Barkan has continued to own and manage the property for 35 years. Upon the completed sale, the Macon Housing Authority (MHA) and UDA will enter into a management contract, in which MHA manages the residential portion of the facility. Plans for the building or its residents will not change; the transfer does not affect the HUD contract in place until 2025, as well as the restrictive use agreement in place until 2035 that requires the property to be available for residents who meet affordability requirements. No current residents who meet these requirements will be displaced.

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