MACOMB — Mark Kelly, a 23-year employee of Diamond Den, has bought the building and will be bringing back most of the staff. Kelly reopened the building two weeks ago after agreeing to buy it from former owner Sue Melton, who has returned on a part-time basis as jewelry appraiser.
The new owner told the Macomb City Council's community development committee on Monday that a 50-year Melton family employee has agreed to stay on and that a 40-year employee will be returning.
Kelly said that CMK Jewelers and Repair will be the only full service operation within a 40-mile radius of Macomb. Mayor Mike Inman said that he and Downtown Development Director Kristin Terry had been working for one year on bringing back the jewelry store.
"Mark is taking on a business that has had an outstanding reputation and he has been a part of it," said the mayor. "I would hope that those who come from out of town for jewelry repairs will also visit some of our other downtown businesses."
The committee endorsed Kelly's request for a downtown revolving loan of $22,000 over seven years at two percent interest. Inman said the request could be approved at the May 7 meeting of the city council.
Kelly is securing a bank loan to help pay other startup costs. "All the inventory has been liquidated, so I'm starting back up," he said. He also said he would receive income from three apartments that are part of the building.
Community Development Coordinator Ray Heitner told the committee that there is $108,000 in the revolving loan fund. "There's not much reason to doubt that the business would succeed," he said in recommending a loan for Kelly.
In other business, the committee voted to recommend a request from Chris Adams that the city vacate the alley behind his 603 West Carroll Street address. He and next door neighbor Norman Flynn would share the alley space.
Adams said that he and Flynn and their families have been mowing and maintaining the alley area for 10 years. Mayor Inman complimented their efforts in keeping the neighborhood looking nice.
Terry reported to the committee that the current set of sculptures downtown would be taken down within the next two weeks. A new set of sculptures will be set up from June 6 through 15.
The downtown development director also reported that work would be completed this week on the plants along the downtown square.

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