NORMAL – The Illinois Art Station may have found its home.
The group, formerly affiliated with Illinois State University, purchased properties at 101 E. Vernon Ave. and 605 607 S. Linden Streets for a new teaching center.
The normal city council is about to approve a site plan which the city hopes will provide plenty of arts education opportunities for children and family.
“I think this is a very exciting use of the property because the Illinois Art Station will be the first time they have a home port,” said Pam Reece, director of Normal City. “Their operation was mobile where they provided services and classrooms by going to people.”
“Their goal is certainly to advance the arts, but what I think makes it unique is to maintain the natural setting of the green space and integrate it into their arts education. “
IAS plans to renovate 101 E. Vernon Ave., a single-family residence, for potential art studios and support areas. It also plans to set up 13-space parking for properties located at 605 and 607 S. Linden St. with a rain garden to combat storm water runoff.
In addition to renovating the building, IAS also plans to conserve as many trees and shrubs as possible and plans to add outdoor artwork and sculptures to the property.
Council will also hear a proposed site plan for a new fitness center at The Shoppes at College Hills.
Crunch Fitness is considering relocating to the former Hobby Lobby location, 301 S. Veterans Parkway. Council will vote on a final site plan, which includes a total building remodel.
The fitness company intends to occupy approximately 45,000 square feet on the west side of the building and use the remaining 35,000 square feet on the east to lease to multiple tenants.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car would remain in its current location on the south side of the building.
The Board will also consider approving a collective agreement with Unit 22 of the Benevolence and Protection Association with annual salary adjustments until 2023.
The city and the union began negotiations in February and reached an agreement after just two sessions lasting a total of three hours.
In other matters, council is expected to authorize several resolutions, including a water service contract with Michael Masching for a property located at 4252 East Raab Road.
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Contact Sierra Henry at 309-820-3234. Follow her on Twitter: @pg_sierrahenry.
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