downtown development

TSPR's Emily Boyer

A proposed $3.5 million downtown revitalization project is on hold due to a delay in securing state funding. But Macomb won't wait to make at least one modification to the courthouse square.

Macomb's new downtown development director has been on the job less than two months and is already laying out her plans to strengthen the courthouse square. Andrea Keene sees her role as being an advocate for merchants on the square.

TSPR'S Emily Boyer

Construction work is getting underway for a much anticipated public works project in Macomb. Meanwhile, delays in state and federal funding are forcing the city to reorganize some of its other infrastructure plans.

TSPR'S Emily Boyer

The Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce has a shorter name, redesigned logo, and a new leader. Kathy Waters has taken the reins as President and CEO after Alex Geisler left the job to work at Western Illinois University.  Until recently, the group went by the name Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Development Corporation. But it's in the process of transitioning downtown development efforts back over to the city.

Rich Egger

The city hoped to pay for a multi-million dollar facelift to the courthouse square with local sales tax revenue and a state grant.  But it appears the state grant program won’t be offering money for at least another year.

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Plans to revitalize Macomb’s downtown square will soon be sent to the Illinois Department of Transportation for review. The city hopes to get grant money from the state to help pay for $3.5-million worth of upgrades.

Rich Egger

A person who’s spent much of her life in the Macomb area will be responsible for breathing new life into the city’s downtown.  The city hired Andrea Keene to be the Director of Downtown Development.

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There are six vacant storefronts on the Macomb Courthouse Square, and now a position charged with filling those buildings is also vacant.

TSPR's Rich Egger

Public and privately financed construction projects will change and improve the look of downtown Macomb.

Developer Plans $2 Million Project in Monmouth

May 9, 2012

Six buildings on the southeast corner of Monmouth's town square will receive a $2 million facelift.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa developer Frantz-Hobart will turn the buildings into condominiums and retail space.

City Administrator Eric Hanson calls it “the biggest development project” in the downtown area in decades. He says it advances the city's vision for the downtown area.