The Capricorn Studio building anchors the largest market-rate development in the history of downtown Macon. Totaling more than 150,000 square feet, The Lofts at Capricorn includes 82 one-bedroom apartments and 55 two-bedroom lofts. The four-story complex, which is currently under construction and will be finished in 2017, has a 4,000-square-foot leasing office and clubhouse, an outdoor pool, 189 parking spaces and 13 units with private attached garages, as well as street-level retail space. The project will follow best practices of mixed-use design to keep the streets and sidewalks of downtown alive.
Within a three-block radius of Mercer Music at Capricorn are important cultural sites that relate to Macon’s music heritage. The Tubman Museum, the largest museum in the nation dedicated to educating people about the art, history and culture of African-Americans, is two blocks away and is planning a major new exhibit on Macon’s R&B heritage. The Douglass Theatre, opened in the early 20th century as the premier movie theatre and vaudeville hall open to African-American citizens in the city, is three blocks away. Musical stars such as Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Otis Redding and James Brown lled The Douglass during its heyday. Grant’s Lounge, the original home of Southern Rock, is three blocks from Capricorn and in the 1970s hosted all the Capricorn recording artists for jam sessions. It still serves as a live music venue for legends and up-and-coming artists. Many other music heritage sites that draw tourists from around the world are within easy walking distance from Capricorn.