Normal To Consider Fixing Up Route 66 Attraction | WGLT

Normal To Consider Fixing Up Route 66 Attraction

May 15, 2016

A fuel station first built in the 1930’s along Route 66 in Normal could be fully restored by the town. The Normal Town Council will consider whether to spend $606,000 to purchase the property, make improvements to the building, and replace the parking lot.

$148,000 would go to the parking lot, using revenue generated by the 1% sales tax that began this year. The rest of the project is already included in the town’s budget.

Former Illinois State University professor and Route 66 scholar Terri Ryburn, who currently owns the property, will continue to live above the former Sprague’s Super Service and operate a gift shop there.

Council members will also consider spending up to $6.1 million to build a new fire station near ISU. The facility is slated to be built on the block south of the four former ISU residence halls along Main Street. The block was part of a land swap between the university and the town last year. If approved, the project would begin in July, with an overall cost of up to $7.5 million.