The long process of adding Macomb’s downtown district to the National Historic Register is about to come to an end.
The Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council will meet February 22 in Springfield to consider the city’s application. Its recommendation will be sent to the National Park Service, which almost always follows the council’s suggestion.
It could be May before the park service makes the official announcement.
Historic Consultant Victoria Granacki, who’s been helping Macomb with its application, likes the city’s chances.
Macomb is getting ready to work on its courthouse square. Repairs will be made to the streets and possibly the infrastructure underneath. The project gives the city, businesses, and residents a rare opportunity to re-examine the square and ensure it remains vibrant for decades to come.