Macomb's Courthouse Square http://tspr.org en Macomb Looking for New Community Developer http://tspr.org/post/macomb-looking-new-community-developer <p>Macomb Community Development Coordinator Ed Basch said the job always kept him on his toes during his nearly seven years with the city. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 17:20:04 +0000 Rich Egger 46670 at http://tspr.org Macomb Looking for New Community Developer Independent Stores in an On-Line World http://tspr.org/post/independent-stores-line-world <p>Once upon a time, browsing through a book or record store was one of life’s simple pleasures. But now many people prefer to browse on-line, which is making it more difficult for independent stores to remain in business, especially in small towns.</p><p>But there are independent stores that are finding ways to keep the doors open. One example is Stone Alley Books &amp; Collectibles in Galesburg. Owner Ben “Stone” Stomberg said he once sold comics on-line. But when the Walden Bookstore in town closed, he got a loan and a grant from the city and set up shop on Seminary Street.</p> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 18:51:06 +0000 Rich Egger 22312 at http://tspr.org Independent Stores in an On-Line World Historic District Dilemmas for Macomb http://tspr.org/post/historic-district-dilemmas-macomb <p>Macomb&#39;s downtown historic district presents the city with a chance to show off something unique. It also presents some challenges.<br /><br />The big challenge facing aldermen this week concerned the level of oversight the city should have when building owners want to make changes to their facades.<br /><br />Ron Purdum asked the city for permission to cover the seven-foot tall windows on the second floor of his building at 113 South Side Square.<br /> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 18:27:28 +0000 Rich Egger 17737 at http://tspr.org Historic District Dilemmas for Macomb Plan in the Works for Macomb Street Repairs http://tspr.org/post/plan-works-macomb-street-repairs <p>There are plenty of streets in need of repair in Macomb and the city council is now looking at options to pay for the work.<br /><br />Aldermen this week discussed whether to issue bonds.&nbsp; Sixth Ward Alderman Tim Lobdell said he&#39;s debated the idea for a while and now believes it&#39;s the city&#39;s best solution.<br /><br />&ldquo;I hope we see the long-term value in this. You&#39;re talking capital projects. They&#39;re going to be used in the future. Those people should be paying the interest debt on them in the future as well,&rdquo; Lobdell said.<br /> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 01:14:13 +0000 Rich Egger 16623 at http://tspr.org Plan in the Works for Macomb Street Repairs