As a former resident of Normal Station (behind this development) and now East Buntyn Historic Neighborhood District (across the street and tracks) I can say i'd much rather see a mcdonald's than the dump that is there now. of course, i'd love to see some local businesses (maybe Brother Juniper's expand) but i'll take a national chain (even Mcdonald's if we can't get Chic fil a).
Bottom line: the commercial stock along that strip is in despreate need of repair, updating and beaufitucation. Ironically, there are two major greenfields (Highland/Midland and Southern/Brister) now waiting for those stymied projects to get going. In this economy, don't hold your breath. Those $1 burgers look pretty good.
By Richard Alley
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