Peoria officials must now get their proposal to bring the WWII warship to the River City by the end of July.
They want to get it from its current home, Evansville, Indiana.
Peoria was going to submit a plan with the location, docking, and funding details to city council last week, but officials delayed that presentation until June 24.
The LST board has had Evansville, Indiana’s proposal for weeks and felt a firm July deadline was needed for Peoria’s submission.
"Our intention has always been to give them an offer this summer, allow them to do their homework, evaluate proposals side by side, talk to their board, to their members, and get back to us with an answer. So I don't see this as anymore of an accelerated timeline than I was already prepared to follow," said Chris Setti, Peoria Assistant City Manager.
"The spot in Peoria was just really great, right there, it would be the equivalent of Main St. and Riverside down here... So, then the Mayor came up with this option that when land based gambling happens Tropicana pulls their boat out of there and build a building, a land-based casino, then we have the first right of refusal... So we get that slip," said Chris Donahue, of the LST Board.
The Peoria city council plans to discuss a final offer for the LST Board at its meeting on June 24.
The original deadline for proposals was October first.
There’s no word on a timeline for the LST Board’s decision between the two river cities.
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