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MacArthur Highway Revitalization Plan Up For Council Vote

IDG Architects

The Peoria City Council is set to vote Tuesday on approval of a final plan to revitalize the MacArthur Highway corridor.

The plan drafted by IDG Architects calls for murals, new housing, a workforce training center, and a health center for Peoria's South Side over the next five years.

First District Councilwoman Denise Moore said at a Planning and Zoning meeting last week that she hopes this only the beginning.

"This is the place we think that will then propel us further into the South Side. Because, I don't have to tell you, the South Side has been wanting for this injection for sometime, and I'm hoping this is what keeps it moving," she said. 

Moore said MacArthur is well-positioned between downtown, the Warehouse District, and Bradley University. Western Avenue and the stretch of SW Adams leading into Peoria from the south are also included in the plan. 

The plan is required to apply for federal and state grants. The plans will be added via an amendment to the city's comprehensive plan. $1 million is already approved. Moore said it also helps spur private investment when a plan is on the table. 

Future plans will focus on the North Valley and East Bluff neighborhoods.