New school could be headed to West Bluff neighborhood

By WEEK Reporter

New school could be headed to West Bluff neighborhood

July 9, 2014 Updated Jul 9, 2014 at 9:35 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The Old Washington school building on Moss Avenue in Peoria is one step closer to becoming a functioning school once again.

A proposal is on the table for Montessori School to buy the building for $150,000.

Montessori currently rents space on North Street.

It has about 75 students but expects to grow to about 150 in the new space.

West Bluff residents who showed up to hear about the proposal had some initial concerns, such as financial stability and parking.

But after much discussion, everyone agreed this is the best use for the property.

"I think it will be a very strong asset for this community, said West Bluff resident Earl Power Murphy. "Moss/Bradley has been here and will continue to be here for a long time. That is added to with the growing Main Street, with new businesses, new families coming in. I think the next piece to that puzzle is having a school."

The city council is expected to vote to approve this offer on July 22.

Then District 150 will have sign off on it.