The future of Taft Homes in Peoria

By Katherine Tellez

February 12, 2014 Updated Feb 13, 2014 at 12:15 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The Peoria Housing Authority has a plan to break up the Taft Homes on Eaton street.

There are 216 apartments in the complex, sitting on 20 acres of land.

The goal is to desegregate large areas of poverty in the city.

The first phase moves residents from 80 units to two separate locations.

Those locations would house no more than 50 units each, depending on the size of the lot.

While not yet set in stone, the areas being considered are in the 919 N.E. Jefferson and 2917 W. Lake Avenue.

The director of modernization and development for the Peoria Housing Authority said they have talked with residents about their needs and the areas they want to live in.

"Our goal would be to desegregate as much as possible while still providing housing where residents really want to live in, that have family that live there and have access to services they currently use or need," said Yvonne Long.

Eventually residents from all 216 apartments will have to move and the land will be sold.

Community meetings on the proposed locations are next week.

The locations will not be set in stone until after hearing public comments.

Meeting dates and times will be released on Friday.