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      Macomb's downtown closer to new look

      The city of Macomb took a step forward in revitalizing its Historic Downtown Square.

      A special public meeting held Tuesday ended with the community and city agreeing on a reconstruction plan.

      Although it's still in the very early stages, the plan is a big step in the project.

      The decided plan makes the least change to the downtown square, and reduces the parking from 279 spots to 234.

      It was the most parking it could retain from any plan while still meeting IDOT codes.

      The next step is having the city council officially approve the plan at the next council meeting.

      The actual construction won't begin until 2016.

      With the current plan, the square will not close down during construction.