The new owner of a run down old fraternity house in Normal wants to build an addition and make improvements. But the proposal for what would become a sorority house at Hovey and Kingsley requires a special use permit and a variance for fewer parking spaces than the town usually requires.
Workers would tear down a covered drive under entrance and two outside staircases to make room for a two-story wrap-around addition including an enclosed stair tower with elevator, a house mother suite at ground level, an outdoor second floor patio and a commercial kitchen.
The house with an addition built in 1981 was originally Victory Hall, a group home for troubled youth for many decades in the 20th century.
Town staff have recommended the council approve the request at the Monday council meeting.
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