By: Diane Benjamin
The proposed building on Uptown Circle will result in the loss of historic buildings on Beaufort – and the mural.
What does Normal Get?
Farnsworth Group and AFNI jobs will relocate from Bloomington. No new jobs. No growth for the area, just destruction of the mural and historic buildings.
Is the war still on Bloomington started by ending Metrozone?
I thought both cities had an agreement not to poach from the other.
According to this WJBC article, Uptown will gain 300 jobs: http://www.wjbc.com/2019/05/12/normal-reveals-intent-to-move-uptown-mural/?fbclid=IwAR1ON2n5l5u7eI0Ir9jc7IzMz8F3wkm8MhAMHfv7dNL0csAWFzzMEoyky74
That means Bloomington will lose 300 jobs.
Normal is likely giving away property they paid $670,000 for: https://blnnews.com/2019/05/13/vengeance-normal/
Now Normal is going to spend $100,000 to move the mural? That $670,000 doesn’t include the other land Trail East needs, just the south side.
This story from 2012 may have the purchase price of the other land. I don’t know if the address is on College or on Constitution Blvd. See if you can figure it out: https://blnnews.com/2012/07/03/who-gave-normal-permission-to-buy-give-away-properties/
The point is:
When does this project not make sense because the cost is too high?
Some trustee needs to ask what the total cost of the land likely being given away is, especially when the 1st floor of 1 Uptown Circle is still empty. Afni could move there, Farnsworth could sublet the second floor and save Normal a ton of money.
The “Plan” is crumbling, Normal should cut their losses before it gets worse.
I wonder how Chris Koos’ brother Greg feels? Greg is getting an historic preservation award tonight while Chris is trying to erase more history in Uptown.