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Construction starts on new development in Macomb

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Construction is underway on a new development in Macomb.

Neighboring businesses said this brings potential for more foot traffic.

There's now a construction site in front of Farm King on East Jackson Street in Macomb.

"We are expecting to see at least maybe three new businesses, retail, commercial investments there," Macomb Area Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Kim Pierce said.

She said while they're not ready to announce what businesses plan to move in, it's an exciting time for the community.

"I know that everyone involved in it is excited to see it's finally getting some dirt moving and we'll be able to see some new construction," Pierce said.

Down the street, Brown's Shoe Fit owner Jimmie Koller said it's always nice to see new businesses pop up in the area.

"The more options that come to town is good for everybody," Koller said.

Koller has been in the east part of town for 16 years now. He said it's exciting to see the area grow.

"It means that we're moving forward as a community," Koller said. "We've got more stuff coming to town, which is going to increase everybody's foot traffic."

He said the new development also has the potential to bring over a new and younger crowd of shoppers.

"With where our population is set up, when the students come in, if it's something that benefits them, they'll start shopping more on this side of town and stay in Macomb when they spend their dollars," Koller said.

Pierce said every time a new business comes to town, the hope is that more follow suit.

"Anytime you can get new investment in the community, especially when times are really uncertain, it's a tremendous boost," Pierce said. "You know, sales tax is a good thing too, so hopefully that increase will help."

Pierce said they plan to announce what businesses plan to move into the new space in the next couple of days.

She said there's no set time line on it, but construction will continue for several months and businesses plan to move in as soon as possible.

Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat is a MultiMedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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