Peoria Council gives money to bring produce to 'food desert' areas

By Audrey Wise

July 8, 2014 Updated Jul 9, 2014 at 10:19 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The city of Peoria is helping bring fresh produce to residents in a so-called 'food desert'.

Many people were left without a nearby grocery store when the Aldi on Western closed several months ago.

Tuesday night the city council pledged $80,000 to help expand a supermarket park on the city's southside.

"This is a short-term solution. We are still working on a long-term solution. We hope to see some activity at the old Aldi building, we don't know what that is just yet. There's been a lot of interest," said 1st District Councilwoman Denise Moore.

The council also approved the purchase of a new fire ladder truck -- costing about $920,000. They also purchased a new outdoor siren and warning system.

The council deferred a tax vote on the Louisville slugger project and surrounding hotels. The developer purchased the land Tuesday and wanted more time before this vote.