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Macomb Aldermen Want Downtown Work ASAP

Rich Egger

A few different timelines have been proposed for renovations to the Macomb Courthouse Square Historic District.

After considering the options, aldermen told city staff this week they want to get the ball rolling sooner rather than later.

The earliest the work could start is 2015, and City Administrator Dean Torreson said that would be okay because the city can already afford to do so.

“We’ve got the money to do it,” said Torreson. “If you don’t get your hands around it and sort of define the project, you may never do it.”

There was also talk about waiting until 2016 with the hope of receiving some state grant money to help pay for the work, but there is no guarantee the city would be awarded the money.

As it now stands, the project will be paid for with bond money and revenue generated from the city’s one-cent sales tax for infrastructure needs.

The city council’s downtown revitalization committee is expected to meet later this month to further discuss the specifics of the project.  

The city has yet to settle on a design for the renovated downtown.