Face Lift Coming for One-Time Peoria Shopping Center

Published 04/29 2014 06:25PM

Updated 04/29 2014 07:33PM


PEORIA - The City of Peoria wants to revitalize Wisconsin Avenue in the East Bluff Neighborhood.

This after the East Bluff Community received a hefty boost from the Illinois Attorney General- three million dollars- to help develop housing. Now Peoria is making sure a historic shopping area is up to par.

“I think it would really help a lot of people just because the fact that then they can feel safe again by  coming back to the stores and doing stuff that they used to be able to do,” said supporter of Wisconsin Avenue, and West Bluff resident, Roz Dillon.

Roz Dillon has been shopping along Wisconsin Avenue for 40 years. She remembers when it was bustling with customers.

“This area used to be very, very nice. It had shopping, pharmacies.”

The City of Peoria is looking to restore the business corridor to its former glory.

Leader say it’s a vital piece of a growing community.

“As we talk about residential rehab and what we can't do to help stabilize the neighborhoods. It always comes down to what we can do about Wisconsin Avenue,” says District 3 Council Member Tim Riggenbach.

So officials asked residents how they think the street can be improved.

“We heard a lot of the same things. Make the sidewalks more walk able. Give us more lighting.”

And invited people to share their opinions and make them happen.

It’s all coming to fruiting at least in the East Bluff Community Center tonight.

“The missing piece has always been that there isn't a plan in place. This is the opportunity to create a plan and get the business owners involved.

It may be a lot of work for just one road,

But those loyal to Wisconsin Avenue say it’s worth it.

“Yes I do think it's worth doing it. Because it's a good ole' neighborhood and it's been around forever and ever.


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