$26 million Peoria riverfront master plan gets unanimous nod of approval from city council
The Peoria City Council has unanimously approved Terra Engineering's concept for the riverfront's redevelopment.
This comes after the Peoria Planning and Zoning Board recommended the plan for council approval on a 4-1 vote last week.
City manager Patrick Urich said the costs are now projected to be $26 million. Terra Engineering had a wide-ranging $15 to $25 million estimate when the plan was initially presented to the city council. Urich said the city has since worked with them to nail down a more precise cost estimate.
The plan calls for a variety of new amenities along the Peoria riverfront between the Bob Michel and Murray Baker bridges, including a kayak launch, dog park, interactive water feature, and barge park.
The state's Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is providing $15 million towards the effort. Urich said state Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth is working to get the money released.
The next steps involve private fundraising, Urich said. He said there's already been some interest from potential donors.