Update: BYO cannabis lounge will be coming soon to West Peoria

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UPDATE: (9:00 p.m.) — At Tuesday’s West Peoria City Council meeting, the council voted five-to-three in favor of granting a special use permit for on-site cannabis consumption to the new owners of the High Harbor Cannabis Event Center.

Council members Jeff Reagan, Scott Ruskusky, and Jamie Silver voted against granting the special use permit, Councilman Zak Edmonds abstained from voting.

WEST PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — A first-of-its-kind “bring-your-own” cannabis lounge is proposed to take over the old Sky Harbor Steak House in West Peoria.

High Harbor Cannabis Event Center would not sell any cannabis products, but provide a comfortable environment for users to toke up. It would not be open past 10 p.m., according to West Peoria Mayor Jim Dillon.

Early potential design plans pay an homage to the aviation theme from the defunct steakhouse, such as Skyway Lounge and the Cockpit. There will also be food trucks outside on the “Tarmac.”

Dillon said he has not received any negative feedback about the idea.

“We had a lot of people say we would rather have something like this than we would another liquor establishment. So it’s going to be something new for them, and for us, and for the area, and so hopefully it will just grow,” he said.

West Peoria City Council will vote on special-use rezoning plans at the upcoming meeting tonight, which Dillon said is expected to pass. He said they are working on developing Farmington Rd into a business district.

“It’s going to be a first for the city of Peoria,” Dillon said.

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