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New future for vacant apartment building in Peoria

PEORIA, Ill - Back in December, we told you stories about dozens of Peoria residents who were quickly displaced from 1505 On the Avenue due to several code violations were found. The biggest code violation were electrical issues.

After those violations were found, 1505 On the Avenue was fined $50,000.

Tuesday, Peoria's City Council agreed to discuss an idea that puts that money toward a new rehousing program. This plan would ensure those who live in buildings that owners aren't keeping up won’t be left homeless, a sad reality experienced by many late last year. 

"Anyone in a situation where they have to move out of a house because of no fault of their own but because the property owner has not maintained the property would qualify," said Community Development Director Ross Black. "They can be quickly moved into another safe and decent housing."

As it relates to the vacant building. A new company, H&A Properties is taking ownership of it. The plan to is redevelop the property and medical students working at OSF or Unity Point will be living in it.

 

No word on when construction will begin, but the city has confirmed that the company pulled the electrical permits.


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