Public asked to share input on the future of Uptown South development
The Town of Normal has launched an online survey for community members to provide their thoughts on what they would like to see from future development in Uptown South.
Uptown South, the area south of the railroad tracks near City Hall, is about eight acres of land in the heart of Normal. The area is bounded by South Linden Street to the east, East Irving Street to the south, the Constitution Trail to the west, and the train tracks to the north.
“The Town of Normal values feedback from our community, and we want to hear how residents envision the future of this area in the heart of our community,” said Normal City Manager Pamela Reece.
The survey asks for public feedback on what types of buildings, amenities and parking would best suit the area. It also asks questions that will help developers understand the community’s preferences for the area’s street design, character, feel and walkability. Other questions the survey asks respondents to provide feedback on is how the area should connect to Constitution Trail and if different types of parks or green spaces should be incorporated.
“The survey can be completed in less than seven minutes. We encourage community members to take the survey so we can better understand what features people want to see in this area,” said Reece.
The town plans to build an underpass connecting Uptown South to the existing Uptown area where development has been concentrated since 2003. The town has already secured $13 million in federal funds for that underpass project and is seeking more.