City defers vote on rezoning of single-family district

By Beau Ebenezer

January 28, 2014 Updated Jan 29, 2014 at 12:15 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The city of Peoria is looking at rezoning a low-density residential neighborhood to include apartments and possibly a hotel.

Residents spoke out against the proposal at Tuesday night's council meeting.

If the rezoning ordinance is adopted by the city, the area west of Illinois Route 91 and east of Orange Prairie Road would become a multi-family district.

Developers are planning on building an apartment complex in the area.

The ordinance would also allow developers to put in hotels and department stores.

Opponents said the ordinance will deteriorate their quiet neighborhood.

"If it is a department store like Wal Mart, we know the kind of traffic that generates," said resident, Dan Hellige. "If they bring in 230 apartment units, that is a lot of units on a small piece of land."

"Everyone has been sorting through the options," said a potential developer's attorney, Bob Hall. "We thought that it was the best option in the interest of everybody, especially for the city. From the development potential, this is a growing area and it has proven that."

The Peoria City Council voted to defer the item until February 11th.

The Louisville Slugger Sports Complex, which is planned to be built in the same area, is said to be an independent project.