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Community Revitalization Plan nearly complete after two years

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PEORIA (HOI) -- After two years of public meetings, surveying residents, and knocking on doors, the community revitalization plan is nearly complete for the River City, but some residents still have their concerns.

On Wednesday night, community development staff gave another opportunity for the public to provide their input on 2021 Housing Needs Assessment and Community Revitalization Plan.

The nearly 300 page document is intended to serve as a guide for future projects and investments in the Near Northside, Near Southside, and East Bluff neighborhoods.

Wednesday night's discussion focused on goals and recommendations.

While there are at least two more public meetings scheduled until the draft is sent to Peoria City Council, entrepreneurs like Andy Diaz want the Northside to be considered to be removed from the plan.

"The reason we're having these meeting is because, there was pushback from- and I can only speak for the Northvalley, and the neighbors that we have here…. but we are asking, and we don't know the process, to be excluded," said Diaz.

Urban Planning Director Kerilyn Weick says that Diaz' concerns will be considered by the Planning and Zoning Commission this May before the draft is sent to Peoria City Council.

There will be another meeting to talk about the Near Southside goals Thursday night at 6 pm.

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