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Normal won't look so normal soon

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NORMAL, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

Some changes are coming to Normal.

From a new, fun option for families to a change to uptown's landscape.

The town has been trying to come up with a way to connect Uptown North to Uptown South which is separated by a set of railroad tracks. 

Seven options were presented by an outside firm. 

After much debate the town council decided on a pedestrian underpass.

The plan would convert the old train station parking lot into a park and build an underpass below the railroad tracks that would connect that park to Uptown Normal South by the Children's Discovery Museum and Uptown Station. 

The project could cost more than $12 million.

Former Mayoral candidate Marc Tiritilli said he agrees with the need for a pathway, but adds the Federal funding they are chasing isn't included in the President's proposed budget.

Tiritilli said the town needs to save up to pay for it themselves, but not everyone agrees.

"And it's going to be borrowed money. It's really our money anyway but we're paying interest on it. As we saw over the last election cycle, that means we're adding 50% of the cost just in interest payments to ourselves," said the former Mayoral candidate.

"Success speaks for itself. The vision that this body and other bodies have had to create a beautiful strong beating heart of town. And the thoughtful careful way that you have invested into making it happen, I got no quarrel with it," said a resident. 

The consulting firm did a 30 day survey, but only 41 people responded out of roughly 54,000 residents. 

Meanwhile, one issue that's less controversial, a new indoor trampoline park that got the green light.

The owners of the Sky Zone in Springfield have decided to expand to Normal.

"It's good for Normal too. It's healthy, it's fun, it's not really video games. It keeps kids out of their phone. We love the business," said Patrick Rexroad, one of the Sky Zone owners.

No word yet on just how many jobs will be created.

The owner said most jobs are just part time but they plan to break ground within the next couple weeks and open its doors by Christmas.

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