A work in progress
Community Development Coordinator Ed Basch said this week that the city has applied for a Certified Local Government (CLG) grant worth $11,600. That grant would allow the city to hire a consultant to prepare what Basch calls a “complex” national register nomination. Basch expects to find out whether the city got the grant sometime next week.
He said it would be late spring or early summer 2013 before the nomination would be complete.
Basch said there are several advantages not only for the city to receive the national designation, but also most of the building owners in the downtown area. “Other than a prestige-type thing and marketing enhancement for the city, it also opens up the possibility for federal tax credits for any contributing property in the downtown, which most of them all are.”
Along with the federal tax credits to help maintain downtown buildings, Basch said there are some grants that apply only to nationally designated structures or districts. He added the state of Illinois may also eventually come up with its own tax credits to aid in upkeep efforts for nationally designated historic structures and districts.
The city previously hired Granacki Historic Consultants to survey the downtown area. Granacki’s survey covered 99 buildings within 11 city blocks.
During a meeting this past August, a member of the consulting firm stated Macomb’s Historic Preservation District is a “very strong candidate” to be accepted to the national register.
At this time, the McDonough County Courthouse and the Lamoine Hotel building are the only two properties in Macomb that are nationally registered.