Downtown Peoria Could See a New Special Service Area

Jul 14, 2017

Peoria’s Downtown Development Corporation is proposing the creation of a special service area. It would include the medical and warehouse districts plus downtown and the riverfront.

Planned services are street and sidewalk clean-up, landscape maintenance, decorations, directories and a website. Funding would come from three sources, two of which are taxes.

Chicago plans to dedicate a nine-story mural to blues music legend Muddy Waters before the city's annual blues festival this weekend.

Both Caterpillar and the City of Peoria are soliciting input from residents to craft a downtown streetscape plan.  The focal point is Caterpillar’s plans for a new world headquarters:

The City of Peoria approved a measure to allow food trucks outside of the downtown. But the ordinance leaves few options for food trucks to set up shop.  The measure approved last night has restrictions on available parking spaces, and proximity to existing businesses and neighborhoods.  Few spaces outside of the downtown meet those guidelines.

Methodist College plans $16M campus expansion

Apr 2, 2015

Methodist College is planning a $16 million campus expansion outside of the downtown. 

Food trucks getting a second look in Peoria

Jan 28, 2015

Peoria City staff is getting input from business owners about whether food-trucks should operate in the downtown. The City Council narrowly defeated a measure two years ago that would have allowed the mobile trucks. 

Tazewell County’s former administrator is now heading a newly-formed downtown development group in Peoria. Mike Freilinger is the first president for the non-profit Downtown Development Corporation. The group aims to boost investment in Peoria's downtown and warehouse district. He says one goal is to fill the funding gap between fixing-up a building and making the rental costs affordable:

East Peoria City Council has new meeting space

Jan 7, 2014

The East Peoria City Council has a new meeting place the first and third Tuesdays of each month.  The body moved its chambers from the current city hall building to the shared-space as part of the library complex in the new downtown.  City Councilman Tim Jeffers says the location change is important:

MC Sports to open store in East Peoria

Sep 4, 2013

A MidWest-based sporting goods company is opening a store in East Peoria. MC Sports is opening a 22,000 square-foot store in the former Shopko building on Main Street. It’s the first business in that location since 2007 when Shopko closed.  The location sits next to East Peoria’s new downtown Levee District that includes CostCo and Target. MC Sports runs more than 70 stores in seven states throughout the MidWest.

Food carts could come to downtown East Peoria

Feb 19, 2013

  East Peoria is looking to allow food carts in its new downtown area this spring.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the idea is to boost more foot-traffic in the city’s new Levee District: East Peoria City Staff proposes allowing six food carts around the Civic Plaza area that includes the new library, meeting space and potential future city hall.