NORMAL — The Normal City Council will consider Monday night a plan for a new apartment building near City Hall, an interest subsidy plan with Heartland Bank and a request to allow urban chicken coops.
Recently re-elected City Council members Jeff Fritzen, Sonja Reece and Chuck Scott also will be sworn in at the meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 100 E. Phoenix Ave.
Developer Ralph Endress is seeking approval of a plan to build an apartment building to replace one destroyed by a 2005 fire at 102 W. Phoenix Ave., just west of the Amtrak station.
The proposal would bring a three-story apartment building with 32 units and 104 residents above first-floor parking. Endress also is proposing a walkway on town-owned property just east of the site and would pay appraised fair market value for the land.
The plan would require several variances, including ones to rules governing green space, setbacks from property lines, height, the number of entrances, under-building parking and the number of windows in the building.
Also on the agenda is an agreement that would allow Heartland Bank to assume an interest subsidy payment the town previously negotiated in a redevelopment agreement with Bank of Illinois.
The redevelopment agreement between the town and Bank of Illinois included an interest subsidy of 30 percent of the mortgage interest costs for the bank’s new $11.9 million facility on College Avenue. Bank of Illinois received $98,819 in October 2008 and $155,920 in November 2009.
Bank of Illinois closed in March 2010 and the FDIC was named receiver. Heartland later acquired Bank of Illinois for $5 million.
The agreement with Heartland would base the interest subsidy payment on the $5 million Heartland paid for Bank of Illinois and set the current interest rate of 2.3 percent for five years. The rate may change after the five years.
In another matter, the council will hear a report on a request by Normal resident Mike Sebald, who wants the town to consider an ordinance allowing urban chicken coops. Such ordinances have been adopted by other communities including Decatur, Springfield and Urbana and include such restrictions as four to six hens, requiring an enclosure and filing for an annual permit.
If the council agrees to consider the ordinance, it would be referred to the planning commission for a public hearing and a recommendation before returning to the council for a final vote.