NORMAL — A revised plan for student apartments at the University Cinemas site won the planning commission’s recommendation Thursday while a proposal for a Family Video and accompanying commercial building in north Normal was rejected.
A development group, 1010 S. Main LLC, wants to build six 2½-story, townhouse-style apartment buildings with a total of 220 bedrooms at the cinema site. The original plan called for one four-story, 350-bedroom building.
In addition, the developers, who include Ed Brady, vowed to have security cameras, hire Redbird Apartments to manage the property and have on-site security on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
A fence would be built along the railroad tracks and at the rear of the property, separating it from nearby single-family residences.
Two neighbors still opposed the plan, saying it would destroy peace, safety and security of the neighborhood and would push out family homes.
The planning commission recommended the proposed zoning change from business to medium-density residential to the City Council by a 5-2 vote with R.C. McBride and Robert Bradley voting “no.” The building plan was recommended 4-3 with McBride, Bradley and Jeff Feid voting “no.”
The commission unanimously rejected a plan for a Family Video store at the northeast corner of Linden Street and Raab Road.
The video store wanted the property rezoned from agriculture to business and also wanted to be allowed to build a second commercial building at the site at a later date.
Neighbors packed the meeting and came armed with petitions against the proposal. They cited such concerns as increased traffic, late-night noise and lights and safety issues for those using nearby Constitution Trail.
Several residents suggested the video store should go to the already established Constitution Trail Center at Raab and Main Street.