PEORIA, Ill -- Directors at the George Washington Carver Community Center are one step closer to hosting a community farmer's market.
Thursday afternoon, the Peoria Zoning Commission unanimously approved an amendment that would allow a farmer's market outside of the Center.
Interim Director Ken Hinton said the Center and 18 other entities have received a $2.4 million grant for programs to help make the community healthier.
The Carver Center will get $550,000 of the money to help with the farmer's market and healthy eating education.
"What's behind this is not so much the farmer's market, as it is trying to get people to eat healthier, so that their lives will be prolonged and they'll have a better life. That is what is behind this. We want to do systems change in regards to how our community addresses health concerns," said Hinton.
Hinton hopes to start the farmer's market sometime in July to coincide with the Center's grand re-opening after renovations are complete.
The zoning board also approved building a gas station at the Kroger on Sterling.
Both matters will go to the Peoria City Council for final approval.