By: Diane Benjamin
Below is a map of Normal’s Uptown TIF. Look at the right side, see the area west of Oak St that is not in the TIF?
That is Chris Koos’ 2 businesses, he rents the space. https://mcleanil.devnetwedge.com/parcel/view/1427308009/2020
Why were his two businesses carved out of the TIF boundaries? Because it would be a conflict of interest for him to vote on any TIF issues?
Now jump to the Uptown Plan Farr and Associates and Gibbs Planning Group did for the Town of Normal in 2000. Evidently the Town believes a 21 year old document still applies. Start reading at the beginning, much of what it suggests has been accomplished.
Jump to PDF page 32:
Chris Koos’ business is right in the document. His “less-than-great location” has been quite profitable during COVID according to Koos. When he decides to retire as mayor will he be “induced”?
This entire document proves Normal is anti-business and pro big government. Do it our way and we will pay you, otherwise we will obstruct your plans.
Jump to PDF page 13, the title to this section is at the bottom of page 12: Veteran Parkway:
This paragraph verifies what everybody already knows. The Koos friends and family plan is quite active using government to get the results they want instead of letting the free market prosper on its own.
Farr doesn’t like cars. His opening paragraph is the reason Veterans Parkway has growth while downtown is limited. Parking in Uptown is a joke, but it was built that way on purpose. Evidently past Councils didn’t see the obvious.
The entire document is filled with things freedom loving people hate. Normal is 21 years too late paying attention.