Noah Rogers checks his phone as he sits on a bench along Monument Square in Urbana Tuesday.

Public restrooms are coming to downtown Urbana

Monument Square District, a non-profit organization, is awaiting architect Karen Beasley’s final dollar figure before moving the operation forward.

“The restrooms will be very nice,” President of Monument Square District Vicki Deere-Bunnell said. “They may even help us get more visitors.”

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All proceeds from the fifth annual Four Miler even held June 14 went toward the first annual fundraiser for construction of the public restrooms. The event, which attracted 193 guests, raised over $1,000.

“It was beautiful weather for the event,” Deere-Bunnell said. “Several out of town participants came out and enjoyed themselves as well.”

Deere-Bunnell said that the restrooms will be on the south side of Legacy Park in Urbana.

She also said that no tax dollars will be used for the project, but are seeking grants and corporate sponsors.

“It all depends on the funding,” Deere-Bunnell said.

Committed sponsors include Security National Bank, Martin, Browne, Hull & Harper , The Peoples Savings Bank, and CT Communications Streamline Design & Print.

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Bathrooms around Monument Square District have been needed for a long time and people have expressed their concerns, Deere-Bunnell said.

“We have such old buildings down here, so we don’t have the best plumbing,” Deere-Bunnell said. “When tour buses come and the people ask for public restrooms, if we say no, they’re going to keep it moving.”

Deere-Bunnell said she thinks that most people will be pleased with the facilities.

Anyone interested in donating or participating in a Monument Square District event should visit monumentsquaredistrict.com.

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