The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) announced last month that the city of Peoria has been awarded $150,000 from its Abandoned Property Program. The grant funds are to be used for demolition of houses in the 61605 zip code area.
The funds—which make up the largest grant award given to any Illinois downstate community—are to be released later this year. The city finds this demolition necessary because the vacant properties create the potential for criminal activity, as apparent by recent incidents of arson in the area.
The City of Peoria and non-profit partner Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity were also awarded $770,000 in demolition funds, thanks to IHDA’s Blight Reduction Program (BRP) last year. The BRP funds have already made possible the demolition of three houses and will help fund 19 more in 2017 on land bordered by Western Avenue, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, MacArthur Highway and Lincoln Avenue.
In 2014, Peoria received $75,000 through APP for eight house demolitions in the First District. Grant funds since 2014 will ultimately make possible almost 50 demolition jobs.
For more information on the demolition projects, contact Eric Setter, land development manager, at email@example.com or 309-494-8627.