PHA approves first site for Taft homes

By Beau Ebenezer

March 13, 2014 Updated Mar 14, 2014 at 12:21 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The Peoria Housing Authority is taking the first concrete steps to move Taft homes to a new location.

At a meeting Thursday evening, the PHA approved the option to buy property on Northeast Jefferson near Greely School.

PHA hopes to move 80 units from the current Taft Homes on Eaton Street to this new spot.

According to developers, the Greely School could hold 20 units with some additional units on side.

This is only the first phase out of a possible four phases.

Developers said the Greely School location gives them the best opportunity to qualify for a 9% tax credit along with preserving a historic building.

Many neighbors in other proposed sites were happy to hear the board's decision for Greely, but others still fear what the next phases could include.

"The old Greely School I think has a lot of upside," said property owner, Chuck Gabbert. "It's a super cool building, and they are saving a piece of history."

"Available property are still options that we would want to work with a co-developer partner to evaluate the competitiveness and feasibility of those sites," said PHA Chief Executive Officer, Brenda Coates.

PHA will still have more than 100 units to move throughout the city after the Greely location is finalized.

Locations on West Lake Avenue and Brandywine Drive were possible options before.

PHA has still not ruled them out.

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