PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Bradley University announced Monday that an acquisition of new property is part of a long-term plan to create more green space on and around campus.

Bradley gained ownership of the property on Main Street, which was formerly an Avanti’s restaurant, on Friday, Jan. 20. The university purchased the building, the land it sits on, and surrounding lots for $690,000.

“We are excited to announce that we are going to create some green space at the corner of University and Main Street,“ said Libby Derry, executive director of communications and media relations for Bradley University.

The land will be used for recreation, respite, relaxation, and more, the area won’t just be for Bradley students and faculty, but for Peoria residents alike.

“When I found out it’s going to be green space, at least for now, I thought, that’s great. It kind of softens that intersection up a little bit,” said Third District Peoria City Councilman Chuck Grayeb.

While there is no timeline as to when the project may start or estimated cost for the green space, it’s an opportunity to draw prospective students to Bradley in the future.

“This property is on the threshold of Bradley University. It is eye-catching,” said Derry. “It is a very public intersection and having that beautiful piece of property that’s green space where people can relax, where people can recreate there, that’s a great thing to have, not only for our students now, but prospective students down the road.”

With a bust intersection at Main and University, Grayeb said he’s excited to see what it’ll bring.

“To see Bradley expanding out, doing something really neat in an unused property at that corner, which is the gateway, or as President Standifird says, the threshold of Bradley, is exciting to me,” said Grayeb.

University leaders said they will inform WMBD of any updates on the project as they are available.