Taft Homes

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

A critical source of funding will flow into a public housing project, amidst a shortage of affordable options in Peoria.

Peoria Housing Authority plans a strategy

Nov 13, 2014
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The Peoria Housing Authority Task Force is asking the City Council to table a proposal to have the Greeley School redeveloped. The PHA will also not be submitting an application for tax credits next month.

PHA looking to expand self-sufficiency program

Sep 11, 2014

The Peoria Housing Authority is hoping to expand its program that helps public housing residents become self-sufficient. The authority is asking its new not-for-profit arm, the River Valley Foundation, to take over the Access to Resources and Referral Opportunities Program or ARRO.

PHA to re-establish non-profit arm

Aug 25, 2014

The Peoria Housing Authority Board is moving forward with establishing a non-profit agency it voted to create four years ago.

PHA discusses first phase of Taft Homes redevelopment project

Jul 3, 2014

The Peoria Housing Authority continues to work on redeveloping Taft Homes. The Model Group presented plans Wednesday night for the first phase of the project that will take place at the former Greeley School.

Outside the Horseshoe - June 24, 2014

Jun 25, 2014

The first zoning change request related to the replacement of the Taft homes was on the Peoria City Council's agenda Tuesday, June 24, 2014. The zoning for the historic Greeley School property is in the part of the community known as the North Valley. It's part of the city with well organized neighborhood associations. Some neighborhood association members in the area have questions about the zoning variances required to get the property to meet the needs of the site development currently being proposed. 

The City of Peoria is making a bid to have the LST 325 dock on its Riverfront. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports:

The Council voted seven to four to extend an invitation to the LST Board, committing 500-thousand dollars to the project and pledging to assemble the remaining financing if the ship makes the move. That could amount to more than a million dollars.

The Peoria Housing Authority is asking for the City’s help in finding suitable property for replacing the Taft Homes.

New PHA program helps residents develop career skills

May 15, 2014
Denise Molina-Weiger

A new Peoria Housing Authority program is helping some Harrison and Taft Homes residents pursue medical careers.

Outside the Horseshoe - March 11, 2014

Mar 11, 2014
Peoria Public Radio

  The Peoria Housing Authority continues to work toward the plan of transition for the Taft Homes. The River view property is the currently the site of about 210 barracks style housing units. The idea is to replace those apartments with new ones in other places throughout the city and potentially also sell the current Taft Property. 

The community controversy surrounding the forward motion on the idea hit a pitch level Monday night at the public information meeting on the third proposed site.  

Big turnout for PHA's meeting on potential Taft site

Feb 20, 2014
Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio

A Peoria Housing Authority meeting on one of the potential sites to rebuild Taft Homes drew a large audience. The location in question is at 2917 West Lake.

Taft Homes project hits a snag

Jan 30, 2014

It appears the Peoria Housing Authority’s preferred method of funding the Taft Homes project is no longer an option. The authority’s administration gave an update on the progress of the development during a taskforce meeting.

PHA looking for community support for Taft project

Oct 21, 2013

The Peoria Housing Authority plans to launch a marketing campaign for its Taft Homes redevelopment project. The PHA wants to build up to six new apartment developments throughout the city for Taft’s more than 200 residents. The authority would then be free to either sell or lease the land where the complex currently resides.

The redevelopment of Taft Homes is taking shape. The Peoria Housing Authority Board unanimously approved taking the next steps in relocating the 216-unit housing complex from near the riverfront. But it’s estimated to cost nearly $45-Million to build the proposed four to six new apartment buildings across the city.

Officers chase suspect carrying rifle in Taft Homes

Aug 21, 2013

The Peoria Police Department temporarily shut down traffic in front of Taft Homes Wednesday while chasing a suspect carrying a rifle.  

Officials with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development say they will be supportive as the Peoria Housing Authority decides how to re-develop the Taft Homes site. HUD representatives discussed programs the PHA could use to sell or demolish properties and either re-build or find replacement housing for residents. 

PHA moving ahead on Taft study

Jun 12, 2013

The Peoria Housing Authority will learn later this year what its best options are for the Taft Homes property. The Peoria city council recently approved hiring a consultant on behalf of the authority to study redevelopment options for the site.

Studying the future of Taft Homes

Apr 17, 2013

The City of Peoria is using 46-thousand dollars of Tax Increment Finance funds to pay for a Taft Homes redevelopment study. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports:

The Peoria Housing Authority property is within the Northside Riverfront TIF. The City is using TDA consulting to do the analysis. The firm specializes in working on public housing issues and its long-standing relationship with the Local Initiative Support Corporation. LISC and PHA are partnering with the city for the study results. Peoria City Manager Patrick Urich says the study is to consider all redevelopment options for the Taft Homes.