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Normal's Water In Good Condition, Design Changes To Uptown Building

The Normal Town Council votes on the revisions to the future One Uptown Circle building.
Credit Melissa Schoper

The Normal Town Council approved design revisions to the proposed One Uptown Circle structure Monday night. The new mixed use development will be located next to the Hyatt Place in Uptown Normal. 

Some changes to the structure include  relocating the parking entrance. City Manager Mark Peterson said the building will house a restaurant on the first floor, office space for the town of Normal on the second, and residential space on the upper floors.

"They're going to be pricey" said Peterson, "they'll be focused on empty nesters, retirees, as well as young professionals."

Peterson said the building's developer will probably announce the first floor restaurant sometime in June. 

Normal Water Department Director Steve Gerdes gave a presentation to the council on a recently completed study that monitored the water treatment plant. The study was completed in April 2015.

"The purpose was to assess the existing water treatment plant and operations, and provide recommendations for future improvements" said Steve Gerdes.

Gerdes listed goals for short term and long term improvements based off their findings. Peterson said they are currently planning to address those needed improvements, and don't see any major issues occurring in the future. 

"The takeaway is that we're in pretty good shape, and obviously our water plant has some needs, but nothing we weren't aware of, nothing that's critical...just looking to the future trying to plan for future upgrades to our water treatment plant" said City Manager Mark Peterson. 

Council member Jeff Fritzen voiced concerns on the city's ability to achieve three big projects for the water department in their 1 to 5 year goal time. These three large projects total around $750,000. Peterson said they are in decent shape for their 1 to 5 year range goals, as long as rates are periodically adjusted.