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Controversial One Normal Plaza Zoning Map Issue Returns

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Normandy Village is part of the One Normal Plaza area redevelopment of the old Illinois Soldiers and Sailors Children's Home.

A controversial zoning text change is back on the agenda for Thursday's Normal Planning Commission meeting.

The proposal would create four sub-areas within One Normal Plaza, the site of the old Illinois Soldiers and Sailors Children's Home. Each sub-area would have a list of permitted and special uses, including, perhaps, eating and drinking establishments.

Some nearby residents have objected to the potential for a brew-pub or other alcohol-related establishment being allowed. They said it would destroy the character of the neighborhood.

The pandemic halted in-person meetings just as the issue was to go to the commission for discussion. Town staff said they would not bring the issue up until in-person meetings resumed and those interested could attend. That will happen Aug. 5.

As a matter of disclosure WGLT General Manager R.C. McBride is a member of the Normal Planning Commission.

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WGLT Senior Reporter Charlie Schlenker has spent more than three award-winning decades in radio. He lives in Normal with his family.
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