Carver Center set to enter first stage of renovation

By WEEK Producer

February 5, 2013 Updated Oct 28, 2013 at 2:22 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Bids are set to go out for the first phase of a $1.5 million renovation project at the Carver Community Center in Peoria.

The renovation is being paid for by the city of Peoria through tax increment financing, or TIF funds.

Work needed to be done includes tearing out the ceiling and walls inside the auditorium as well as upgrading the production stage.

The second floor, which used to be a clinic, will become the "Magic Johnson Academy" for seventh and eighth graders.

Interim Director Ken Hinton said programming for the agency will be centered around three areas; education, health and careers.

Hinton said the exterior work could begin next month.

"The foyer is going to be redone, the lighting in the entire facility is going to be changed. The energy footprint is going to be greatly reduced," said Carver Center Interim Director Ken Hinton.

There are also plans to open up a farmer's market at the Carver Center.

The facility is scheduled to open in mid July.

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