PEORIA, IL -- From a news release:
Peoria City Council Considering Sale of Public Parkland Along Riverfront
Please email or phone your Peoria City Council members as soon as possible and ask that they oppose any sale of city owned public riverfront parkland.
A full listing of Council members is at the end of this email.
Let the Mayor and City Council members know you are opposed to the sale of public parkland at the Peoria riverfront for the development of a privately owned apartment complex.
Key concerns are:
- We need to keep public open space at the riverfront. Would Chicago sell its lakefront parkland for development? We do not think so. Peoria's riverfront park is for the people. Generations ahead should be able to enjoy the open space. There is little enough of it as it is.
- Adding intensive development with a large parking lot, lights, cars, etc., is detrimental to this one area of the Riverfront Park which is currently a welcome retreat away from more intensive riverfront activities.
- With prospects of downtown redevelopment increasing, preserving existing riverfront parkland is essential. New apartments are already being developed in the warehouse district and other locations. Better options exist for residential development that taking away public open space.
The city is looking at a proposed apartment complex at the north end of the Riverfront Park in the Constitution Gardens location. It would require moving Constitution Gardens and the future of the historic railroad turntable is not clear. Up to four, 4-story high buildings with a large parking lot could be built.
The proposed plans also call for a new public street to be constructed going north from the RiverPlex parking lot to the apartment complex. We question city investment in a new street when so many existing streets need significant repair. At the north end of the new street it would intersect with Morton Street which is currently the only drive-in access to this section of the Riverfront Park.
Please contact the Peoria City Council and urge them to preserve city owned riverfront parkland. Ask them to oppose any sale of city owned public riverfront parkland.
For more information contact Dave Pittman at 309-573-2354 or email@example.com.
Peoria City Council:
Mayor Jim Ardis City Hall 309-494-8519 firstname.lastname@example.org
Denise Moore cell 309-213-6628 email@example.com
Chuck Grayeb cell 309-213-6629 firstname.lastname@example.org
Timothy Riggenbach cell 309-369-5233 email@example.com
Jim Montelongo cell 309213-1581 firstname.lastname@example.org
Casey L. Johnson cell 309-363-3488 email@example.com
Beth Akeson cell 309-573-1117 firstname.lastname@example.org
Beth Jensen cell 309-863-0160 email@example.com
Ryan Spain cell 309-256-2414 firstname.lastname@example.org
W. Eric Turner cell 309-253-2489 email@example.com
Chuck Weaver cell 309-360-4779 firstname.lastname@example.org
Just do it now.