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New Uptown development in the works

The Normal council approves the next step for a five-story building in Uptown

NORMAL, Ill. - The Town of Normal is moving forward with a new building development in Uptown Normal.

The council approved a measure Monday, giving Bush Construction exclusive rights to develop the site on the northeast side of Uptown Circle. The Iowa-based company is looking to build a five-story building that includes parking, retail areas, office space, and apartments.

While many residents are in favor of the project, several came forward to ask the council not to approve any plan that would tear down three historic buildings. City Manager Mark Peterson explained the resolution is just the first step in the process, and the council will have a say in the final plans. Council members told the crowd that they heard their concerns and would take them under consideration.

The project is getting underway after two companies expressed interest in Uptown office space. Peterson says Bush Construction should have a detailed plan available to the council in the next 90 days.

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