Friends of the Riverfront Park Won’t Back Down

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Plans to add apartments along Peoria’s Riverfront are still in the works, but friends of the Riverfront Park are still fighting to make sure it doesn’t go through.

After a Freedom of Information Act was denied twice, the group filed a lawsuit Monday against the Department of Natural Resources, saying they are improperly withholding documents needed to analyze the cities application for upscale apartments.

Group officials say it’s hard to fight city hall, but plan to sue again if the proposal sides against them.

“”We’re going to sue them in federal court to stop it,” said Friends of Riverfront Secretary Elaine Hopkins. She added, “We think they’ve made all kind of mistakes, for one thing it’s just wrong to a take a public park, which the public supports and give it to some developer.”

On June 30th the city will make a decision whether or not to proceed with the sale. 

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