Normal upgrades Uptown

Julia Moreno

Vidette Staff Reporter

Farr Associates, a Chicago-based architecture company, might be coming back to enhance Uptown Normal.

The Normal City Council will consider a contract of $273,500 with Farr Associates 7 p.m. Monday night at the city council meeting.

The proposal focuses on Willow Street to the north, Vernon Avenue to the south, Walnut Street to the east and Main Street to the west. It will also look at the “key uptown approach corridors” on College Avenue, Linden Street, Vernon Avenue, Willow Street and the Constitution Trail.

Farr initially proposed a $323,500 contract that included a videographer creating a video history of the planning process. The town staff recommended considering that later, bringing the price down $50,000.

Farr is taking resident opinions into account as well. There will be small groups of residents, called charrettes, discussing what they would like to see happen in Uptown.

The town has budgeted $50,000 in its current fiscal year for the Uptown update. Any other additional money will come from the general fund reserve account.

The town council will also be discussing the second phase of the Illinois State Redbird street sign program.

The second phase of the ISU Redbird street sign program will include replacing 40 green and white street signs with the red and white Redbird logo signs.

The Redbird Pride Committee would fund the $6,886 project with royalties from sales of ISU-branded items.

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