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Macomb downtown revitalization plans raises concerns with businesses

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MACOMB, Ill. (WGEM) -

Macomb city officials are looking to revitalize the downtown square.

But after the community got a chance to see the plans, many people are concerned.

Because of cramped driving conditions and aging streets, city officials are in talks to enlarge parking areas and widen streets in the Macomb Square.

An engineer with the project estimates anywhere from 60 to 90 parking spaces could be lost.

And that has some downtown business owners worried.

"There's already a lot of congestion in the square you get a small car to a big truck any time of the day, if there's less spaces then there will be less spaces for the customers to park," said Erin Moran, manager of Lil' Stitches in the Macomb square.

Macomb Mayor Mike Inman says he understands the concerns of downtown business owners, and wants to stress that nothing is set in stone yet.

"The construction timeline for this is well over a year away more that likely 18-24 months from now, but the idea is we want to garner as much public input as we can because like I said the courthouse square is the core of our community," said Mayor Inman.

Mayor Inman says the city plans to hold more community forums to get more input from the public on what they think should be done with downtown parking issue.

 

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