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Proposals wanted to fill vacant Macomb building

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The old Modern Home building at 133 West Jackson St. The old Modern Home building at 133 West Jackson St.
MACOMB, Ill. (WGEM) -

Could new life be coming to an old building in downtown Macomb? The city is stepping in to try and make sure that happens.

The building that used to house the Modern Home furniture store has been an eyesore for the last 5 years. But now, the city of Macomb is ready to change that.

Called the 'West Gateway to Downtown', Mayor Mike Inman and the city of Macomb want new life in the former Modern Home building.

"It has been not fully utilized by it's previous owner for a number of years," Inman said. "There's been some structural issues and some other things."

The city bought the building in July for $2,500. Now, city council has approved taking proposals from developers to take over the space. Something downtown business owner John Nelson, of Nelson's Clothing, is excited to see.

"The downtown had been working hard in Macomb to be well and the city has been an active part of that for decades," Nelson said. "I think it is positive that the city is taking that action."

The mayor said buying the old home building wasn't in the plans for the city, but it was necessary to continue downtown development.

"It was never our intention to own that building long-term, but we thought it was in the city's best interest to acquire the property, control the property and then control who the property was ultimately sold to," Inman added.

With over 22,000 square feet of space, the city said there's room for more than one business.

"There's all sorts of opportunities for tenants to have facade access to a couple of locations," Inman said.

It's another way to attract new businesses and new customers for stores that have been staples on the square.

"The bigger businesses are gone from the square, so it's more independent and specialty," Nelson added. "We look forward and welcome more independent and specialty because that will just create a better environment for all of us and then that means for the whole community."

Inman said the property had over $110,000 of back taxes owed, but that was taken away when the city purchased the building through the sealed bid process. The city will accept proposals until September 28th.


 

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