Macomb is on the verge of having its courthouse square declared a national historic district.
The Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council has recommended the designation to the federal government, which almost always follows the state panel’s suggestion.
However, Mayor Mike Inman said the city won’t begin preparing signs or making plans just yet.
Inman believes it will be 60 to 90 days before the city learns of the federal government’s decision.
Consultant Victoria Granacki, who assisted Macomb throughout the process, has said a building owner in a historic district is eligible for tax incentives. She said in exchange, the building façade should preserve the character of the time period from when it was built.
Macomb already has a couple downtown buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. They are the courthouse and the Old Bailey House, which is one block off the square on South Campbell St.