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Peoria city leaders looking for public input on whats next for the riverfront

PEORIA, Ill - What used to stand tall and was home to businesses, restaurants, and nearly 200 parking spots is now a pile of rubble, bricks and stones.

So whats next for the face of the river city? City Engineer Bill Lewis says that’s where Peoria residents come in.

“It’s getting input from everybody hoping that the solution that comes up would bethe best fit for the entire area,” said Lewis.

Tuesday, the city invited neighbors to learn more about how they can help mold a new vision for the entire riverfront.

Leaders made it clear they aren’t moving without your input.

Lewis continued, “We're looking at gauging those people and finding the different groups of people that use it in different ways.”

The city hopes some join a community advisory group, this group would work together to draft a vision based on what everyone thinks is best.

But the tricky part is that everyone’s vision is different.

So the city wants ideas from families, downtown employees, business owners and those who like to visit the area.

Lewis said, “We're looking for people that are different users.”

Drafting this vision wont be an overnight process, the city has a timeline that extends all the way to June of 2019.

That’s when the committee will present their vision to city council for approval.


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