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Trail East

architects rendering of the Trail East five story building
Town of Normal

Construction is scheduled to begin this fall on the $30 million mixed-use building that will rise on the northeast arc of Uptown circle. It is known as Trail East.

Trail East
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Illinois State University’s Board of Trustees will vote this week on a proposal to lease space in the planned Trail East building to open a small-business incubator.

Trail East
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The developer behind the Trail East project said Monday that Afni, an Illinois State University business incubator, and a mystery “multinational technology company” could be among the tenants in the new Uptown Normal building.

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The Normal Town Council granted developer Bush Construction several variances on preliminary design plans for the Trail East building on Uptown Circle.

The design for the new Trail East building in Uptown Normal
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Designs for the Trail East project submitted to the town of Normal are close to what the developer promised earlier, according to town staff.

Uptown Mural
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An attorney who represents 11 artists who created the Uptown Normal mural say federal law requires their permission for it to be demolished—and that compensation may be enough to earn that consent.

architects rendering of the Trail East five story building
Town of Normal

The mayor of Normal said Tuesday that increased town incentives for the Trail East project in Uptown are worth the money.

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The Town of Normal has 30 days to designate three properties at the Trail East project site as historic or continue with already approved demolition plans.

Architect presents at a meeting
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Officials in Normal defended the Trail East project against public criticism Monday night, with the council unanimously approving two measures to keep the project moving forward.

architects rendering of the Trail East five story building
Town of Normal

If the Town of Normal has to move a brick wall containing a mural in Uptown, it might charge the former tenants of an art co-op for the cost of the move.

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Normal Town Council member R.C. McBride sees Rivian as an example of how Normal and McLean County can turn challenges of the changing economy into success stories.

Mural in Uptown
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The Town of Normal is ready to move forward with a $29.2 million development it says is right in line with a vision for Uptown laid out nearly two decades ago.

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The Normal Town Council will take up the $29 million Trail East project proposal Monday.

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Town of Normal Mayor Chris Koos addressed two Bloomington-Normal construction projects in the works while speaking on GLT’s Sound Ideas.

Trail Side East

Plans for the new trail side east project in uptown normal are taking longer than expected. But, Koos said staff are now reviewing plans for the multi use commercial building in Uptown.

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The cost of saving a row of historic buildings in Uptown Normal may come into play when the Town Council reviews a design concept for the Trail East project next month.