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Closely-held plans for Beck's Oil station at busy War Memorial site unveiled

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The site at E. War Memorial and Central where Beck's Oil plans to build a new 8,500 square foot gas station and convenience store, as well as a car wash.

The village of Peoria Heights is finally revealing the plans for a large lot cleared out at the corner of War Memorial Drive and Central Avenue.

A Beck's gas station, convenience store and car wash are coming to the site which once hosted Flores Music and other properties.

Beck's is based in Princeton. The company also operates a location in Washington, off Business 24.

Village and company officials have held the plans for the site close to their chests for more than a year. WCBU first began inquiring about the plans for the site with the village and Beck's back in August of 2021, shortly after the company purchased the properties for a combined $2.2 million.

The 8,500 square foot property will house 20 gas pumps.

The village board approved a site plan and special use last month. The Illinois Department of Transportation hasn't yet made a decision on the ingress and egress for the property. The site also borders Paris Avenue and Illinois Avenue.

The heavily-trafficked War Memorial Drive is also U.S. Route 150., which is under IDOT's jurisdiction.

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Tim is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.