One Uptown on the Circle
As part of the Uptown Normal Renewal Plan, Eckenhoff Saunders partnered with Tartan Development to design a new, five-story building on Normal’s Uptown Circle. This recently-completed project represents the second phase of a multi-phased, mixed-use project in the town center; the first phase was the Eckenhoff Saunders-designed Hyatt Place hotel. The building contains 21 luxury apartment units and associated amenities and the second-floor offices of the Town of Normal municipal government offices, atop a ground floor white tablecloth restaurant, and a 21-space below-grade parking garage.
The Town of Normal offices accommodates 25 municipal employees, consisting of the Town of Normal Planning and Inspections, Zoning, Traffic, and Engineering offices. The design includes an urban, industrial aesthetic with a Town of Normal map throughout the space. Eckenhoff Saunders was responsible for the building’s architecture and the interior design of the residential, office, and common area components.
The top floor of the building is comprised of three luxury units oriented around private rooftop terraces and with views of this quaint but lively downtown. The building addresses the circle with a curved exterior wall, linking it with the neighboring hotel, commercial properties, and future developments while contributing toward a new urban, walkable town center.