NORMAL — Another business incubator is coming to the uptown area.
After SlingShot CoWork closed at 108 E. Beaufort St. and Illinois State University's upcoming incubator in the Trail East building was announced, Normal plans to rent space to a new company off Linden Street.
Start Up Box LLC will rent second-floor space at 305 S. Linden St. for $100 per month under a lease to be approved by Normal City Council on Monday.
"(Start Up Box founder) Clay Schumacher is familiar with Mayor (Chris) Koos, and they've had conversations recently about a space," said City Manager Pam Reece. "We think it's a good temporary use, and not completely out of the ordinary. ... We have experience helping startups with SlingShot and OhmFit (Activewear at 102 W. North St. in uptown)."
The space has been vacant since the town's engineering department moved to One Uptown on the Circle in 2017. The town bought first- and second-floor spaces in 305 S. Linden in the early 2000s and plans to keep them, said Reece, though they may be redeveloped as part of the Uptown South plan.
The town plans to spend $5,000 to extend Central Illinois Regional Broadband Network service to the building. Reece said that could help attract a tenant for the building's first floor as well.
Dr. Jeffrey Jones and Vogue Dental are also located in the building.
Schumacher could not be reached for comment Friday.
In other business, the council will:
• Consider a $422,000 agreement with Scanlon Excavating of Bonfield for sidewalk work this year. Reece said no specific projects have been identified yet, but the town plans to spend more on sidewalks than it did in 2018.
• Consider a $339,000 agreement with Hoerr Construction of Bloomington for sanitary sewer lining, including installing pipe at Bright Street, Cherry Street/Fell Avenue, University Court, University Street and North Walnut Street. That work is expected to be done by Aug. 31.
• Consider approving plans for Blackstone Trails subdivision, where smaller homes and a new Normal fire station are planned; Constitution Trail Centre, where a Home2 Hotel is planned; College Plaza, where a restaurant space is planned; and The Park at Constitution Trail Centre, a new apartment complex.
• Commend Jeff Fritzen and R.C. McBride for their service on the council, which will end May 6. Fritzen is stepping down after a combined 32 years; McBride will leave after one term after finishing fourth for three seats in the April 2 election. Stan Nord and Karyn Smith will join the council next month.