Macomb, IL – Macomb aldermen were urged to stay flexible regarding the issue of restrictions on business in what could be corridor entrances to the W-I-U campus. Alderman at-large Chris Senn said aldermen must remain flexible when granting changes around the campus area. He's on a committee which is considering long-range planning changes for the university. He says Adams Street, where Mark Bloom wants to open a coffee-shop and espresso bar, is one of the areas where changes are being considered.
Fort Madison, IA – An effort to develop a drop-in center for certain Lee County residents is slowly moving forward. The Board of Supervisors has voted to begin contract talks with Burlington-based Hope Haven Area Development Center over a proposed mental health community outreach center. Chairman George Morgan says this step does not guarentee the facility will become a reality. He still has concerns about locating the center in Fort Madison. Morgan also says an contract must clearly establish who can be held liable for actions involving the center.
Havana, IL – Plans for a public dock at Havana have brought in business inquiries. Economic Developer Terry Svob says the city is working with Sunrise Ag on a bulk plant, dry cargo facilities and a dock which would be partly for public use. He says since it became known that the dock was to be built, he's had five inquiries from businesses that might be interested in moving to or expanding in the town. The dock will be part of a Tax Increment Financing District that will also include improved road and rail access to the industrial part of Havana along the river.