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Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO
  • Pilot project for Mainstreet Macon Downtown Association

  • On Jan. 4, a $30,000 infrastructure grant from Macon County Economic Development generated from the Landfill Fees was presented to the Mainstreet Macon Downtown Association to help with their pilot project for the downtown area.
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  • Mainstreet Macon Downtown Association is working diligently to create a positive environment for businesses to locate and ultimately be successful.
    “By creating and maintaining an attractive downtown area we hope to better promote our community and increase our economic base,” said MMDA President Leigh Simon. “A thriving downtown attracts new business and investments and additionally will support small business development and expansion.”
    The project looks to enhance cultural and artistic enrichment within the area. Implementation will begin with beautification and infrastructure, sidewalk improvements and lighting in the parking lot at the corner of Vine and Rollins (area south of Ben Franklin).
    “This is a very prominent area in the center of downtown,” said Simon.
    Two recent donations will help fund the improvements in the downtown area. Macon County Economic Development has contributed $30,000 as an infrastructure grant from the Landfill Fee.
    Another donation of $2,426 was received from  the US Bancorp Foundation Grant Program.
    The funds will go toward new lamp posts, sidewalk improvements, brick planter replacement and planting trees and plants as well as structural changes.
    “The project will be utilized by the entire community, as well as tourists to the Macon Area,” said Simon. “This will be an appealing and safe environment for shoppers and business owners to come to shop and work.”
    Mainstreet Macon Downtown Association hopes that the project will be a preview of the vision for revitalization of downtown.
    “With this momentum, we will work with building owners to improve historic facades, encourage remodels in upstairs apartments into upscale loft-type rentals and work on green space areas in the downtown area,” said Simon.
    “We hope it will also encourage new membership in the Macon Downtown Association,” said Simon. “With the community, small and large businesses, Macon County Economic Development, financial institutions, utilities, and city government all working together we will begin the journey to revitalize our downtown.”
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