Business owners forced to relocate due to new Peoria Heights developments

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President and CEO of Tandem Diabetes Care, Kim Blickenstaff bought more property in Peoria Heights.

He recently turned a library into a performing arts center in honor of his mother, Betty Jayne Brimmer. Now he plans to build a 55-room boutique hotel and lofts to make the city what he calls a “destination.”

The hotel room will be located where the Prospect Mall is currently. This is causing over 30 business owners to pack up and relocate.

Owner of Serenity Skin Care, Kimberly Merkle, is not happy that she has to move her business.

“Sometimes I wake up at night just wondering what streets do I need to drive down to see what’s available, so I don’t sleep sometimes at night,” she said.

Merkle isn’t the only business owner that is frustrated and worried about finding a place to relocate.

Dr. Melvin Rose and his wife own a chiropractic practice in the Prospect Mall and says this has been a very stressful and frustrating process.

“It’s a sad situation when people get uprooted and are called upon to make great sacrifices,” Rose said.

Blickenstaff, however, says these developments are for the greater good. He says people should come to Peoria Heights to stay, live and play.

In addition, he plans to accommodate business owners as best he can.

“We want them to be happy too and stay in the Heights, it’s good for business,” Blickenstaff said.

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