City Council to Vote on Rezoning New Public Housing

Published 06/24 2014 05:43PM

Updated 06/24 2014 06:28PM

PEORIA - Peoria’s City Council has a full agenda tonight, including addressing the rezoning for the potential new Taft Homes location.


Greeley School on Jefferson Ave. was previously zoned as a school building, and Peoria’s Housing Authority is hoping city council will approve the property’s zoning for multi-family units.


The old Greeley building would be considered a scholarly house, and it would house single-parents wanting to further their education.


The Peoria Planning and Zoning Commission approved the rezoning earlier this month, and then PHA’s board approved it Monday night.


And now, it’s city council’s turn.


PHA says some residents have shared concerns about the location, but they have been meeting with them.


We spoke to some residents near the former school building, and all of them seemed okay with the move.


“It’s good neighbors. I love my neighbors. Everything, I don’t have a problem for nothing,” local resident Guadalupe Reguin said.


PHA does own some other property in the area, but agency officials said the zoning vote tonight is strictly for the Greeley School.


PHA will not propose more than 45 units for the site and have yet to release how much this will all cost.


If the zoning is approved, the next step for PHA is to submit an application for a tax credit at the end of next month. That will help them determine how much funding is available for the new housing.

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