Peoria Housing Authority hopes to move forward with new site

By Beau Ebenezer

June 23, 2014 Updated Jun 24, 2014 at 9:58 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The preliminary plan for a new Taft Homes site was approved, but more obstacles may lie ahead.

The Peoria Housing Authority wants to buy the old Greeley School on Northeast Jefferson Avenue and build 45 new apartment units.

Their initial application was approved earlier this month.

Now, they are required to turn in a complete application by July 25.

"It's going to take time," said PHA Chief Executive Officer, Brenda Coates. "It's going to take the cooperation of the city and community. We are working on an outline of a master plan. This is just a first step."

The Peoria Planning and Zoning Commission has already approved land-use changes, which allows for renovation and construction at the school.

The Peoria City Council is expected to vote on it Tuesday night.