The Southside Community United for Change organization has been hosting regular neighborhood meetings as they have been working with IDG Architects who have been working on a draft for a future plan to revitalize different parts of the south side of Peoria.
“They’ve ignored us and they’ve abused us. We got to this point , it was not like this forever,” said Lovetta Ricca, resident of Peoria’s south side.
Ricca has lived in the south side of Peoria for 81 years and said she wants to see this area be brought back to life. Just like her, community members are hopeful that Southside Community United for Change’s plans to revitalize the area, will happen.
“Residents have seen one plan after another, talked about and places on shelves so right now we are ready for some action. We know what the problems are, now we just don’t know why we have not been a beneficiary with the city and seeing some of this grow intro fruition, so right now I wouls say most of us, we are ready,” said Denise Jackson, Vice-President of SCUC.
IDG Architects asked community members for feedback as they presented their final draft for the revitalization plans, on Saturday morning at the Lincoln Branch Peoria Library. Leaders said they want real change to happen to the community through these renovations.
“We’re not telling people what we are going to do, we are inviting them to be a part of what can be a possibility. When they are in the process, people take better care of things that they own and they want to be a part of what’s happening,” said Martha Ross, President of SCUC.
The plan presented by the architects includes different types of homes, community murals, better street lighting and community centers.
The next steps would be getting the city involved to help with finding some of the funding needed to start. Council members, Denise Moore and John Kelly were at the meeting Saturday morning, hearing what people had to say.