PHA takes steps towards redevelopment of Taft Homes

By Chad Weber

July 8, 2013 Updated Jul 9, 2013 at 9:56 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- On Monday, the Peoria Housing Authority took its first step towards the revitalization of Taft Homes.

PHA officials, along with an outside consultant, informed residents they do plan to redevelop the more than 60 year old property though they are not yet sure how.

At Monday night's meeting, community members and Taft Home residents spoke about improvements they hope to see.

PHA Chief Executive Brenda Coates said the work group is in the brainstorming stage, examining all possible scenarios.

"That could include commercial/residential, mixed income, senior living, land swaps," said Coates. "We have a variety of residential scenarios for our residents."

"It's going to be very important for the residents to be as engaged as they have been invited to be," said 1st District Councilwoman Denise Moore. "To make sure that in the three to five years it may take for this process to move forward and be developed, that they feel like they were a partner in the process."

The next public meeting on the Taft Homes is set for August 19 at the Gateway Building.

The working group hopes to have a list of concrete options by mid-September.