By: Diane Benjamin
Is Uptown a success?
The successful buildings on the circle so far are government owned, Children’s Discovery Museum and Amtrak/Town offices. The third building still has an empty first floor and the taxpayers are renting the entire second floor for the Town. (Remember when the Council told Pam it was a high priority to get out of that lease? Reece must have forgot.)
Did you know Normal wanted development on the first floor of the College Avenue Parking deck? That never happened. https://pantagraph.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/normal-seeks-developer-for-college-avenue-parking-deck-space/article_c0633bf9-3167-595a-b806-ea569963789c.html
The last developer for Trail East backed out.
Normal funded initial development in Uptown. Recent large scale private investment can hardly be called a success. How is the Town responding?
So let’s go for two more:
Even after giving away the land and offering incentives, the first Trail East didn’t materialize. The Town is doubling down and going for two new buildings now instead of just one new building. I wonder if the Town is continuing to tell developers what they have to build? That worked so well with 1 Uptown Circle!
Kiss Normal’s downtown history goodbye. Koos wants it gone before he “retires”.
The only question now is how much will Koos’ utopia cost the taxpayers of Normal?
See now why the Jelani Day memorial was quickly removed? Think the mural wouldn’t quickly disappear too if the Town could? Peons aren’t allowed to stand in the way of finishing the vision. Elections have consequences, maybe people should actually vote.
Koos’ vision continues at Monday’s Council meeting:
Nothing has been built, but $1.5 million has already gone to planning for a total of $4,791,586. Construction estimates are obviously off because of inflation, so taxpayers aren’t done paying for the vision. Congrats.
Just ignore the potholes and sewage in your basement.