Southtown TIF proposal moving forward

By Joe Bennett

April 5, 2012 Updated Apr 5, 2012 at 10:46 PM CDT

Peoria residents met Thursday evening at the George Washington Carver Community Center to discuss possible uses of expected funds from the Southtown Tax Increment Financing district.

The city council will vote Tuesday on the approval to spend nearly $1.3 million in revenue of the estimated $9 million available.

The list of proposed projects includes light fixture installation, parking lot construction and sidewalk and street re-construction.

But residents and community leaders say re-opening the Carver Center is their top priority.

"We actually need to redo the roof completely," says Carver Center Board Member McFarland Bragg. "We need to make some upgrades in the auditorium and gymnasium. We need to do some upgrades to the HVAC system, things like that."

Additional suggestions were made at tonight's meeting to upgrade Martin Luther King Junior park and a park district pool.

The Executive Director of Crittenton Centers also made a request of $300,000 dollars.

That money would provide a 10 percent match for a $3 million grant that would allow the center to serve more residents in the tri-county area.

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