NORMAL — Terri Ryburn only has one more step to take before the historic gas station along Old Route 66 will be designated a local historic landmark.
The Normal Planning Commission on Thursday unanimously recommended the City Council approve the designation. If the council approves it at its Aug. 15 meeting, Ryburn will be eligible to apply for a Bone Grant to help cover the cost of qualifying outside restoration work.
That town grant program provides funding for up to 50 percent of the cost of a qualifying exterior restoration or preservation project, with a maximum of $5,000 per project. Applicants can receive up to two grants per year.
The former Sprague service station at 305 E. Pine St. already is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is one of the few remaining service stations with an owner’s apartment and tenant’s apartment on the second floor.
Ryburn has already started the restoration and hopes to have it complete in three years. She would like to open a coffee and ice cream shop, a tea room and a theater area.