Route 66 in the News

Designation Could Help Historic Site

2011-08-04 12:15:14

NORMAL, Ill. - The Normal Town Council will consider designating a building on Old Route 66 as a historic landmark at its next meeting.

The recommendation from the planning commission will help Terri Ryburn, who purchased the former Sprague Super Service building with a long term plan: to restore the building to its original form. It will make her eligible for another town grant that can help pay for exterior work.

Ryburn said she’s already shelled out $90,000 of her own money and has received grants from the town, state, and National Park Service that total $87,000 combined. But she said that’s just a fraction of the project cost, estimated at $1.2 million.

“That’s kind of scary if you think about it but… I’m not thinking beyond the next grant application.”

Ryburn hopes to house a visitor center, coffee shop, entertainment space, and eventually a bed and breakfast at the historic site. In 2008 the site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service.

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