The Moline City Council has given final approval to selling the city's historic train depot for $500 to the Illinois Department of Transportation, which plans to demolish the 115-year-old building.

The City of Peoria is $100,000 over budget for demolishing abandoned structures this year.  Emergency demolitions are one reason behind the expense:

Rainfall prompts foundation failures in Peoria

Jun 25, 2015

The City of Peoria has recently performed seven emergency demolitions of vacant homes.. The City has received multiple complaints of foundation failures in homes in older neighborhoods.  Usually the foundation issues arise in homes with no gutters to capture and drain the recent heavy rain fall. 

The City is asking residents to report any signs of foundation failures to the Code Enforcement Division. That number is 494-8654.

ICC program teaches how to deconstruct a house

Jul 24, 2014

Students from Illinois Central College got some hands on experience in stripping salvageable materials from a vacant home in Peoria. It’s part of ICC’s Deconstruction Certificate Program. The goal is to prepare students for entry level positions that require knowledge of re-usable materials in unused properties. Anne Nicklin developed ICC’s deconstruction program. She says the college works with the city of Peoria to salvage items before crews demolish abandoned properties:

Peoria demolishes severely blighted home

Jun 30, 2014

The City of Peoria is demolishing a severely-blighted home Monday after years of warnings and concerns from neighbors. The city deemed the home both unlivable and unsafe about six months ago. Officials say Peg Pendell is the homeowner at 3523 North Knoxville and she refused to move after the property was deemed unfit for habitation. Peoria Community Development Director Ross Black says the city got court approval for demolition after trying repeatedly to work with the homeowner for alternatives:

Alex Rusciano / Illinois Public Radio

Demolition crews are tearing down the Georgetown Common Apartments in Washington, Illinois. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the apartment complex is one of the focal points in the recovery from November tornado: