East Peoria zoning board puts cork in winery plans

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We’re following up on a story we brought you last week.. 

Tres Rojas, an award winning wine company, had all intentions of bringing a winery to East Peoria, that is until the East Peoria Zoning Board put a cork in their plans. 

Monday night, the zoning board disagreed with the winery proposal saying the location wasn’t suitable. 

This comes just days after East Peoria’s city council approved a special ordinance to allow the winery to materialize. 

“Of course we’re sad, but I think the next opportunity that comes up that looks promising, I think we’ll be able to take what we already have envisioned and see if that fits well in that new opportunity,” says Lisa O’Sullivan, Tres Rojas organizer. 

She says this was their only plan on moving forward.

“Why things just can’t be easy? I don’t know.,” says O’Sullivan. “But, it is what it is. So, we’ve put on a brave face and we talked about what’s next so that’s right, you gotta move forward.”

Now, the land on Bloomington Road in East Peoria will sit idle and Tres Rojas owners will continue their production out of multiple locations across Tazewell county.

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