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New Uptown Normal building would allow for Maggie Miley's expansion and more event space

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The vacant lot at 128 E. Beaufort sits between the 2-story Maggie Miley’s building at 126 E. Beaufort and the 3-story First Site building at 138 E. Beaufort.

Plans are underway for a new building in Uptown Normal that would allow for expansion of Maggie Miley’s and create an outdoor event space on its second floor.

The $950,000 project would add a two-story building at 128 E. Beaufort St., in the gap between Maggie Miley’s and the First Site building, according to documents provided to the Town of Normal’s Uptown Design Review Commission. Most recently that vacant lot has been used for outdoor dining for Maggie Miley’s.

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The proposed look of the new building at 128 E. Beaufort St. in Uptown Normal.

The first floor of the new building would provide an expanded dining area for Maggie Miley’s. The upstairs would include an open-air terrace on the front half. Combined with the existing space above 126 E. Beaufort (which includes a large ballroom), the second-floor spaces could be rented out for events.

“The provision of additional outdoor event space in Uptown will be extremely beneficial to the area,” Town of Normal staff wrote in a memo to the Uptown Design Review Commission.

The Uptown Design Review Commission is scheduled to discuss plans for construction at its Jan. 11 meeting. It could then move on to the full Normal Town Council.

Construction is scheduled to begin in April and finish in October.

The same person, Barbara Fuller, owns both the vacant lot and the Maggie Miley’s building.

If it moves forward, it would be at least the second significant construction project on that block of Beaufort. The Fiala Brothers brewery is under construction just across the street.

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