Since January the Town of Normal and the developers of the Hyatt Hotel and mixed use building on Uptown Circle have been negotiating the design. They're still not done, but are close enough for the Town Council to consider the design for approval. The agenda item this evening comes a couple months after Town officials had hoped to break ground on the facility that has been an open pit since before the Great Recession. Town staff say in some respects the design has changed little since early in the year. The building will still have an eight story hotel portion and six story mixed use and residential section. The project will be a few thousand square feet larger for a total of more than 168,000 square feet. Brick will be red brown in color. Changes have been made to metal panels, cornice detail, and terraces. The town is giving up on the idea of LEED certification for the hotel portion of the property. Signage and detail on a large section of blank brick wall are among items that have yet to be worked out.
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