Taft Homes working group looking at various options

By Chad Weber

August 19, 2013 Updated Aug 20, 2013 at 10:03 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The future of the Taft Homes could involve changes in size and location.

Monday night, the Peoria Housing Authority held its second community update on redevelopment efforts.

A working group is looking at different ways to use the more than 60-year-old property.

One likely scenario involves spreading out the 216 residents over six to eight sites. Where those sites would be is undetermined.

If that happens, the current property could be changed to include commercial or mixed residential development.

"If we break up the 216 and maybe put 50 units in one place and 50 units in another zip code which is not already at the poverty level, we will accomplish our goal," said Peoria Housing Authority CEO Brenda Coates.

"It's condensation," said Taft Homes resident and resident council president Mary Chapai. "A lot of people there and now it's different, different people, different beliefs. Just everything is different so I do think it would be good to downsize throughout sites of Peoria."

The working group will meet with the board to lay out options for Taft Homes on September 23.