City Council members voice concerns about Peoria stadium site sale

By Audrey Wise

June 25, 2013 Updated Jun 26, 2013 at 11:18 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Several Peoria City Council members are voicing their concerns and opposition to selling the Peoria Stadium site to Wal-Mart.

Although it was not on the council agenda, Tuesday night council members took the opportunity to bring up the issue given the growing concerns among citizens.

Councilman Tim Riggenbach represents the district and told city staff a list of growing questions he has including traffic, local businesses and neighborhood impacts.

"Arguably the stadium has seen better day, but I'm not going to be the one moving forward to change that use, until the citizens--the people of our city--have that opportunity for public engagement," said Councilman Riggenbach.

At-Large Council member Gary Sandberg directed the City manager to not even waste his time in meetings regarding a sale of the land to Wal-Mart or any big box store.

"I'm not interested in at all getting involved with purchase for a resale to a developer for a big box," said Council member Sandberg.

Tuesday night, the council approved $1.3 million in funding to fix the intersection of Allen and Alta Roads that was damaged by the April floods.

City officials hope to have the road open by mid-September.

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