New business coming to Peoria area, council plans for city's future

PEORIA - New business is coming to the Peoria area. Peoria city council approved a special use ordinance for a vacant warehouse in Peoria.The structure at 927 SW Washington St. will become an indoor climbing gym. Peoria city manager Patrick Urich told WMBD the owner will expand upwards on the building to accomodate for the climbing wall.

Council also approved a liquor license for the Four Points at Sheraton Hotel in Peoria. It  features Craft 309, a craft brewery restaurant located inside the hotel.

"There's a lot of construction that's going on at the Four Points right now, and as you can see they're laying out the sidewalks and working on the exterior of the building. They're hopeful they can open up by the first of the year" said Patrick Urich, Peoria city manager.

The Four Points by Sheraton website claims the hotel should open on January 31st. There is no timeline yet for the construction of the new climbing gym.

Council also held a meeting earlier Tuesday morning and discussed future plans for the city. Urich said they spent the morning and the last couple of days, talking about the city's long range plans and short term goals. He said much of their discussion was focused on the budget, as the city has a $7.9 million dollar deficit. 

"We need to look at it to say 'Okay what is it gonna take to balance the budget over a number of years, and what does the size of the organization have to look like?'.  That's gonna be the big question as we move forward in to the budget discussions this Fall" said Urich.

Council have 4 long term goals that focus on: beautification, staying financially sound, keeping the area safe and having a growing economy. The officials prioritized 30 items they want staff to work on over the next year to achieve those goals.


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